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The Monk and The Gun

Audience Award Winner, Vancouver International Film Festival

PG, mature theme.
Dir: Pawo Choyning Dorji.
Bhutan/Taiwan/France, 2024, 107 min.
Harry Einhorn, Tandin Wangchuk, Tandin Sonam.
In English and Dzongkha with English subtitles.

“A droll political satire set in the year 2006 as the Kingdom of Bhutan transitions towards becoming the world’s youngest democracy… The ensemble comedy examines how the country’s upcoming mock elections affect the titular monk, a rural family, an election official, and a desperate liason from the city, all of whose lives collide in minor and major ways.  After hearing about the upcoming mock elections on the radio, the elderly lama of the rural village of Ura requests that his attendant bring him two guns before the full moon – also the day of the elections – to ‘set it right.’ What exactly he means by this ominous and vague statement is left unanswered until the film’s charming denouement. As Tashi makes his way on foot in search of guns, election official Tshering arrives, observing as the rural population is taught how to vote… They are also instructed how to hold a rally. Villagers are arbitrarily split up and told to yell at each other… Tashi eventually locates an antique rifle owned by a remote farmer… This rare relic is also being sought by a seedy American collector, Mr. Ron… In a place whose greatest aim is its population’s happiness, Dorji’s The Monk and the Gun contemplates whether complete modernization of his country is worth the price of this very happiness.” —Marya E. Gates, RogerEbert.com


March 18
7:00 pm
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64 King St
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1B3 Canada
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