113 mins, Spain, 2023, Digital, Subtitled

Every morning, Amid, a Buddhist teenager, visits an elderly woman’s home to read her Bardo Thödol, The Tibetan Book of the Dead. On her last day, Amid closes his eyes, and meditates alongside her as she embarks on a transformative journey into what lies beyond. The story moves to Tanzania, where a young girl named Juwairiya wakes up to the news that a baby goat has been born. She names it Neema, the Arabic word for blessing. Juwairiya lives with her family in a village on the coast of Zanzibar. Local women farm seaweed and make soap. “Life is change”, Juwairiya’s grandmother explains. Two continents, two communities, two belief systems, two sets of experiences and inner lives. Between them lies a sensory pathway; the viewer is only asked to close their eyes and travel with it.

This film contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy.

IFI Age Recommendation: 10+

Notes by David O’Mahony

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