Magazine article Screen International

Benedict Cumberbatch Boards Buddhism Doc

Magazine article Screen International

Benedict Cumberbatch Boards Buddhism Doc

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Benedict Cumberbatch is to narrate Walk With Me, a new feature documentary about Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Marc J Francis (Black Gold) and Max Pugh (The Road to Freedom Peak) produce and direct the Speakit Films project, which is now completed and expected to launch later this year.

With unprecedented access during a three-year shooting period, Walk With Me goes deep inside a Zen Buddhist community which practices the art of mindfulness with their famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.

The film was shot at the Plum Village monastery in the Dordogne region of France and in the US.

The footage of the monastic life is paired with Cumberbatch reading from insights from Thich Nhat Hanh's early journals.

Sherlock star Cumberbatch, who is currently filming Marvel fantasy Doctor Strange, said: "In my life I've been so touched by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, it was a great honour to work on Walk With Me. I have no doubt that audiences across the world will be moved by this beautifully crafted film observing the daily life of the monks and nuns who have committed their lives to the art of mindfulness. …

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