International Film Festival: Okuribito/Departures
This 2008 Japanese film is about Daigo Kobayashi who 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 hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad titled "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 prepared 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.
All films are free and open to the public and will be shown with English subtitles. This film will be shown in Olin A lecture hall. A discussion session will follow. For more information, contact Sara Jane Dietzman at 402.465.7550.