• “The Hermits”, Film Made on Buddhist Principles;
  • “In Between Mountains and Oceans”, Japan’s Mysterious 1300 Year Old Ceremony;
  • “Prophet’s Prey”, the Story of FLDS Leader Warren Jeffs’ Abuses

September 2 2015 — St. George, UT — Dixie State University and the DOCUTAH™ International Documentary Film Festival is screening three films with religious themes, but very different perspectives.

“The Hermits” is a film about Chinese Daoist Buddhist monks, who have turned their backs on society and the comforts of civilization. The film was made using Buddhist principles, which was the reason the filmmaker was allowed to tell the story. The first screening is part of a series of events at the Green Valley Resort in St. George which includes a free Tai Chi class for Docutah ticket holders, screening of the film, based on the book, Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits by Bill Porter and a Q&A with the author.

IN BETWEEN MOUNTAINS AND OCEANS” (UMI YAMA AIDA) examines Japan’s mysterious ceremony that has been held in every 20 years for more than 1300 years could give us a hint of how to solve the environmental problems in our society today.

PROPHET’S PREY” tells the story of a ten year investigation into Warren Jeffs’ rise to power in the FLDS Church and the abuse of that power.

“Religion and the customs of other cultures can be either a source of conflict or a source of understanding,” Said Phil Tuckett, Artistic Director for DOCUTAH, associate professor at Dixie State University and the Director of DSU Films. “Documentary film gives the viewer the opportunity for an intimate glimpse into those other worlds. Although these three films expose very different rituals, each opens a window on human behavior and aspirations.”


DOCUTAH’s mission is to inspire a global connection through independent documentary films and intellectual discussions. DOCUTAH strives to enhance the education of independent filmmakers, aspiring film students, citizens of the world and the Community. DOCUTAH is one of the few university-sponsored film festivals in the United States. It is an International pure documentary film festival. As part of Dixie State University’s academic component, DOCUTAH also offers master class seminars and filmmaker panels where student, amateur and professional filmmakers can discuss and advance their skills in the art of filmmaking. www.docutah.com.