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Paths of the Soul

Yang Zhang/China/115 mins

“There’s never been a road movie quite like PATHS OF THE SOUL, an extraordinary chronicle of ordinary Tibetan citizens undertaking a 1,200-mile pilgrimage to Lhasa... a stirring study in faith and spirituality that will inspire many viewers to think about big and small questions of life.”

—Richard Kuipers, Variety

“A one of its kind journey for true believers... Nothing prepares the viewer for this sight. With Nyima driving a farm tractor that pulls a little wagon of provisions, the others take four or ve steps down the paved highway before prostrating themselves on the ground. The ritual bowing includes an thick leather apron and blocks of wood to clap and protect the hands as the pilgrim stretches out on the road. This is repeated over and over, every few steps, for many months [until Zhang lets the stops out in a spectacular nale.”

—Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Hypnotic; by showing us—and letting us experience, to some extent—this intense journey, PATHS OF THE SOUL achieves a kind of spiritual grace all its own. “

—Bilge Ebiri, Spirituality & Health 

Later Event: November 17