Directed by Zhang Yang
Country: China
Year: 2015

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This month’s Film Club selection, Paths of the Soul, documents an extraordinary type of spiritual grit. A New York Times Critics’ Pick by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yang, the film follows a group of Tibetans who make a 1,200-mile bowing pilgrimage, prostrating themselves every few steps along the road to Lhasa, Tibet’s holy capital. Each makes the spiritual journey for their own reasons—one man, now elderly, may never have another opportunity, and a younger man seeks to change his fate. Though traveling together and united by devotion, each of the travelers must ultimately make their own way.