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The Monk and the Gun

Pawo Choyning Dorji |Bhutan/Taiwan |2023 |106min
Language: English and Dzongkha with subtitles Cast: Tandin Wangchuk, Tandin Phubz, Kelsang Choejay, Tandin Sonam


June 28:5:00 pm, 7:10 pmJune 29:5:00 pm, 7:10 pm

The Monk And The Gun, which was shortlisted as Best International Feature for this year’s Oscars is genius – a compelling, exciting story, the opportunity to experience life in a far distant country with a vastly different culture than our own, and the mischief fate concocts. It’s 2006 Bhutan, internet and television are finally available. The King has abdicated to give his people their voices in a democracy. The first-ever elections with three factions to choose from, are met with universal negativity. People are content under a monarchy, the only governance they’ve known. Outsiders go to each village to educate “voters”  and meet gentle opposition, in keeping with Buddhist ways. Meanwhile, a wealthy American has arrived in search of a certain American Civil War rifle. He’s been looking for thirty years and will pay anything; he finds it in a humble village. From here on in, fate’s whimsical and extraordinary twists play out to our delight. We see a country change and maintain its true nature against outsider interference and rediscover the Western problem with greed, with heart to spare.–What She Said

“comic and biting, both entertaining and provocative” – City News

“the film is delightful. And quite a satire about the modern age and democracy” – National Observer

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