Crows Are White


The Main 2 Sat, May 14, 2022 6:45 PM
The Main 2 Sun, May 15, 2022 2:30 PM
The Main 2 Tue, May 24, 2022 7:15 PM
Virtual Available In:USA
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Festival Programs:Asian Frontiers
Documentary Competition
Asian Interest
Release Year:2022
Runtime:97 min
Print Source:Memory
Director:Ahsen Nadeem
Producer:Ahsen Nadeem
Riel Roch-Decter
Sebastian Pardo
Ben Renzo
Ryan Ahrens
Jill Ahrens
Cinematographer:Matthew Nauser
Screenwriter:Ahsen Nadeem
Matt H. Mayes
Dawn Blackman
Editor:Kimberley Hassett
Weston Currie
Composer:Logan Nelson


Seeking to find answers to his questions about life and religion, filmmaker Ahsen Nadeem goes in search of a secretive Buddhist sect in Japan, which is known for enduring unimaginable physical trials in an attempt to reach Nirvana. For over a thousand years, these monks push themselves to unearthly states of pain and suffering. Nadeem, struggling to find a subject to film but also facing near spiritual collapse, finally manages to gain access to the monastery’s inner sanctum only to find himself ejected for his ringing cell phone. Fortuitously, he encounters a young monk-in-training, an outcast with a love of head-banging music and a serious sweet tooth. And this is only part of the story… Shot over five years and on three continents, Ahsen Nadeem’s charming documentary is a fascinating look at faith, love and friendship.

Director Biography

Ahsen Nadeem

Born in Saudi Arabia, Ahsen Nadeem emigrated to Ireland and then the United States where he has worked as a non-fiction filmmaker. His short films include Duet (2017) and Bertha Benz: the First Driver (2018). Crows Are White (2022) is his debut documentary feature.