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Reimagine: Life, Loss, & Love
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Death CineClub

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Death CineClub
Join sound artist Yoko Sen and Tom Almeida, founder of DEATH CINECLUB in Brazil, for this powerful community conversation about the Japanese Academy Award Winner movie DEPARTURES

The Brazilian CineClub has become a hot ticket in São Paulo and is now expanding globally. The idea is simple, select a meaningful film that deals with end of life, grief, death and/or remembrance and host a powerful community conversation about the film.

For this virtual "play party" Tom Almeida invites Yoko Sen to co-host the conversation about the Japanese Academy Award Winner movie DEPARTURES.

The movie is available for rental at Amazon and iTunes for $3,99.


1- We will meet shortly at ZOOM to welcome the group and give some directions. (4:00pm PST/ 7:00pm EST)

2- We will start watching the movie at the same time, but individually- that means that each one will watch the movie by their own, on their own tv or computer. The movie is available for rental at Amazon and iTunes for $3,99. (4:15pm PST/ 7:00 PM EST)

3- Right after the end of the movie, we re-join the zoom call for the community conversation. (6:30pm PST/ 9:30 EST)

*You can watch the movie previously and join the group only for the discussion, but we highly recommend that you watch the movie right before the conversation to bring all the emotions and fresh insights to share with us.


Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and now finds himself without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a "Nokanshi" or "encoffineer," a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of "Nokanshi," acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.

Film Ritual & Ceremony