PAINTING PEACE: THE ART & LIFE OF KAZUAKI TANAHASHI
‘When I write, I am a writer; when I paint, I paint’. Thus speaks Kazuaki Tanahashi, artist, zenteacher, writer, calligrapher and peace-activist. His translations of Dogen, the 13th century Japanese philosopher, are scholarly honored worldwide. His exhibitions and workshops find international acclaim and he created the Foundation ‘A World Without Armies.
’The filmmaker sets out to discover the driving force behind Tanahashi’s art and peace work, the relation ship with his father, a war hero and with his teacher Morihei Ueshiba Osensei, the founder of Aikido.
We cross boundaries between public and private, with family and friends, with his former colleagues at the San Francisco Zen Center where Kaz moved in 1977, and his calligraphy workshop at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. We set out for Kaz’ roots in Japan at the Hewa Church of Peace, a Shintu temple founded by his father, now headed by his brother; and in zen temples in Kyoto. We witness exchanges with artists and peacemakers and the birth of his materials, ink and brushes, made by hand. Tanahashi’s art and his life, an eternal flame of peace, are One.
Director & ProducerBabeth Mondini-Vanloo
Director of PhotographyAshley James
ComposerHarry De Wit
Netherlands, United States