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For over a thousand years, a secretive Buddhist sect has lived in an isolated monastery in Japan performing acts of extreme physical endurance in their pursuit of enlightenment. A filmmaker, struggling to reconcile his desires with his faith, sets off to the strict monastery in search of answers. When he arrives, his presence is not welcomed and the only monk who will speak with him is an outcast who prefers ice cream and Slayer to meditation. Together they forge an unlikely friendship that leads them to higher truths and occasionally, a little trouble. Shot over five years on three continents, Crows are White is an exploration of truth, faith and love, from the top of a mountain to the bottom of a sundae.

2022 | USA | 97 mins



Ahsen Nadeem, Director, Writer, Producer

Writer, director and producer, Ahsen Nadeem, was born in Saudi Arabia and immigrated first to Ireland and eventually the United States. He’s collaborated on a wide range of projects including producing projects with Ari Aster (dir. Hereditary) and John Patton Ford (dir. Emily the Criminal). His non-fiction work has appeared in the New York Times and his commercial work includes brands such as Mercedes, Opening Ceremony and Kenzo. Crows are White is his first feature film.