Since the 1980’s German institutions have sent adolescents to Southern Portugal to participate in experimental projects of social re-education, and our main character, Katrin, arrives in the Alentejo region of Portugal unable to establish a relationship with her new environment. The situation worsens because of the sheer emptiness of the region, the social desertification of Alentejo. Katrin plans to create a refuge in the middle of nowhere, with Julia and Pedro: in a physical and mental desert.
In the Vietnamese Zen tradition, mindfully chosen music and words can serve as "soothing droplets" to cool the heart. Recorded on location at Plum Village, Drops of Emptiness invites listeners into the sanctuary of this practice. These deeply felt works include the poetry of Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese folk songs and Buddhist hymns of Sister Chan Khong, and chants performed by the monks and nuns of Plum Village. An opportunity to share in musical contemplations rarely heard outside the seclusion of this cherished Zen monastery.