The Monk and the Gun

1 hour 47 minutes


Maine Film Center

Maine Film Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine

In Bhutan, a country that’s kept itself resolutely apart from the modern world, a concerned, elderly lama, recognizing that extraordinary change is about to sweep through his country, instructs his young disciple Tashi to set forth into the kingdom and bring him two guns before the full moon to “set it right.” The young monk is perplexed by his guru’s request, and his familiarity with guns is based solely on images from the only films available on television. In this “terrific, sly critique of western influence” (Variety) from the director of Oscar-nominated Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, Tashi and the audience both must figure out why a lama would ask for a gun. “Things come to a head in a way that is simultaneously slapstick-y and touching, and entirely in keeping with a movie that has never lost its sense of charm through an hour and a half of twists and turns and engaging mountain escapades”–The Wrap.

In English and in Dzongkha with English subtitles.

This film is eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund. Call the Box Office at 207.873.7000 to obtain YAAF tickets. Pay it forward! Donate to YAAF here.



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