IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE
2015 | 82 min | USA
Directed by Patrick Shen
A masterful meditation on modernity, the unconscious impacts of noise pollution, and the beauty and nourishing power of quiet moments.
In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s ground-breaking composition 4’33”, the film takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe– from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of the loudest city on the planet, Mumbai during the wild festival season.
With luminous imagery that testify to the sheer loveliness of the world when drenched in silence, what becomes clear is that silence is not just a kind of spiritual treat – it is an essential condition for human wellness.
“Replete with imagery that shimmers with the kind of almost otherworldly wonder one might associate with a Terrence Malick movie… This film does more than just tell a story, it testifies to the sheer loveliness of anything — everything — when drenched in silence.” -The Huffington Post
“…reminiscent of seeing 1982’s Koyaanisqatsi for the first time… Shen’s In Pursuit of Silence incessantly inspires and sometimes takes the breath away and can even accomplish both at once.” -Austin Chronicle