PLEASE NOTE: The JBFC Theater is temporarily limiting ticket sales to 50% of capacity. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for ALL in-person screenings and events. Effective Jan. 21, masks may only be removed to enjoy concessions while seated. Details here.

This film has been archived. There are no current shows scheduled.

In Pursuit of Silence

OCOpen Caption screening
Additional program content
Loading film data

In Pursuit of Silence

“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)

In Pursuit of Silence is a contemplative and informative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound, and the toll taken by the din of modern life. Beginning with an ode to John Cage’s groundbreaking composition 4’33”, the film sweeps us along on an immersive cinematic journey—from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto to Mumbai, the loudest city on the planet, during the wild festival season—and inspires us to experience silence and celebrate its power. The sights and sounds we encounter here work their way through our frantic minds into the quiet spaces of our hearts and help us reconnect to ourselves and return to what is most truly human. As author Pico Iyer says, “Retreating from the cacophony of the world is stepping toward everything that is essential, stepping toward the world and learning to love it again.”

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)

The Jacob Burns Film Center is proud to receive generous support from:

Email Sign Up

Get updates on screenings at the JBFC Theater, streaming content, upcoming events, and more!