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The Monk and the Gun

Anyone who remembers the Oscar-nominated film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom , one of the summer hits of 2019 from Bhutan, knows approximately what to expect. The naive tone of Lunana has been given a little more spice 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 key 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 will be the last country in the world connected to the internet and television and the biggest change of all: democracy. To teach the local population to vote, the authorities organize mock elections, but people seem unconvinced. In the countryside, where religion is more popular than politics, one of the election supervisors 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 rifle from a local monk. This is not so easy, because suddenly more people are interested in the weapon. Among them is an old lama, who wants it for a ritual 'to put 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 - how could it be otherwise - with beautiful images of a unique country.

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Tue 16 Jul 16:15 LantarenVenster Buy tickets
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