Dear international students,
For our first event of the new year we invite you to watch the Japanese film “Departures”.
Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved, and now finds himself without a job. Daigo decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled “Departures” thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a “Nokanshi” or “encoffineer,” a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of “Nokanshi,” acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living. Written by Regent Releasing
We will serve Indonesian fried rice (nasi goreng) – also for vegans and vegetarians. And for dessert, homemade sweets with coffee.
Join us to watch this great film, and meet and talk with other international students!
Time: 18.00 to 22.00 — Come on time! We will serve the meal at 18.15 to allow enough time for the film and some discussion.
Cost: €3.00 — Be sure to bring cash, preferably change.
Sign up: Closing on Friday! Please sign up by Friday, January 24. We can have a maximum of 40 students for this event.
If you have signed up but are not able to come will you please cancel your reservation so that someone else can take your place.
Location: The location of this meeting will be at Het Pand, Madoerastraat 16 in Groningen. We will have a banner at the entrance to the alley leading to Het Pand. Check our website for some photos of the neighborhood and directions on how to get there.
Hans and JoAnn van Seventer, Mirjam Poelman, Ludie and Cornelie Postmus, Kars en Josine de Bruijne