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The Departure
In the world of Lana Wilson's patient, observant documentary, The Departure signifies a journey to the end of life. Ittetsu Nemoto, a Japanese Zen monk dedicated to suicide prevention, gives the despondent a glimpse of it by getting them to acknowledge the things that they'll leave behind. In a way, though, his strength—his empathy—is also his weakness. "I take on so much of their suffering," he says, "when I'm counseling." Though he has what looks like a happy home life with his wife and toddler son, the calls (as many as 50 a day), visits, and retreats take a toll on his heart.

The patient tone of the film, reinforced by Nathan Michel's subtle score, subsides whenever he dances to techno, a callback to his past as a long-haired hedonist (and also the realization of Bobby Bare Jr.'s song "The Monk at the Disco"). As a filmmaker, Wilson must have a similar knack for putting people at ease since it's quite remarkable how many of those in her film agreed to appear in such a vulnerable state. Nemoto and George Tiller, the inspiration behind her previous documentary, After Tiller, complement each other in terms of the work they do and the sacrifices they've made. Tiller, who performed late-term abortions, died at the hands of a born-again Christian, while Nemoto intends to attend to the psychic needs of those under his care—even if it kills him.
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Traumatized Children Separated from Families at U.S.-Mexico Border - The Atlantic
On June 13, 2018, Honduran asylum-seeker Anita and her five-year-old son, Jenri, were forcibly separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Thanks to a pro bono lawyer, Jodi Goodwin, who aggressively advocates for their release from their respective ICE detention centers, Anita and Jenri are reunited after a month apart. But the damage has been done. The Separated, a new documentary from The Atlantic, is an intimate window into the chaos and trauma caused by the separation. "You don't love me anymore,” Jenri says to Anita after they arrive at a temporary shelter. “You're not my mom anymore."
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