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The Monk and the Gun - Expat Cinema Rotterdam

Anyone who remembers the Oscar-nominated film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, one of the summer hits of 2019 from Bhutan, knows what to expect. The naive tone of Lunana has been given a bit more sharpness in Pawo Choyning Dorji's latest film, but it remains a story of heart-warming beauty.

The Monk and the Gun is an ironic satire about a crucial moment in the history of one of the most closed countries in the world: Bhutan's transition from monarchy to parliamentary democracy in 2008. Modernization has finally arrived. Bhutan is finally connected to the Internet and television, and most importantly, to democracy. To teach the local population to vote, the authorities organize mock elections, but the population does not seem convinced.

In the countryside, where religion is more popular than politics, one of the election observers discovers that a monk is planning a mysterious ceremony for Election Day. And then there's an American tourist who tries to get a rare Civil War weapon from a local monk. This is not easy, because suddenly more people are interested in the weapon. Among them is an old lama, who wants it as a ritual to 'set things right'.

The Monk and the Gun interweaves humor with relevant reflections on the clash between Western and Eastern values, between tradition and modernization. Funny, smart and – as expected – with beautiful images of a unique country.

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Wed 31 Jul 19:00 LantarenVenster Buy tickets
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