Documentary Film Screening – Carving the Divine: Buddhist Sculptors of Japan

Speaker Series – Discussion led by Director Yujiro Seki
Sponsored by JM Family Enterprises

Carving the Divine offers a rare and intimate look into the life and artistic process of modern-day Busshi – practitioners of a 1400 year lineage of Buddhist woodcarving.

Master Koun Seki takes the viewer on a trip through a guild culture unlike anything existing today in the West – from the growing pains of a novice apprentice to the entire guild working together as one body to create breathtaking works of art. Grand Master Saito himself is on a personal quest to “leave nothing but great works behind.”

Please know that our theater tends to be quite cold so you may want a sweater or jacket with you.


Director, writer, and producer, Yujiro Seki, was born and raised in Japan and earned a BA in Film from the University of California, Berkeley. Seki moved to Los Angeles to work as a director of the video department for Intermarket Design. After attaining permanent U.S. residency, Seki began studying full-time in the Cinematography program at UCLA Extension. Upon graduating from that program, he embarked on the journey of making his feature documentary project, Carving the Divine: Buddhist Sculptors of Japan. Carving the Divine has debuted at numerous film festivals around the world and has garnered recognition and awards.

Due to unforeseen events, Director Yujiro Seki will be unable to attend this Friday’s event in person. However, he will be attending virtually “LIVE from Japan” for a discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Run time: 1hr. 39mins.
For your health and safety, theater programs are limited to 33% capacity, socially distancing seating arrangements will be implemented, and attendees are required to wear a mask.

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