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The Monk and the Gun

Directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji
107 minutes
All Ages
The latest charmer from Oscar-nominated Pawo Choyning Dorji is set in the weeks before Bhutan’s first democratic election in 2006. It’s a moment of upheaval in this highly religious state, a former monarchy, and trouble brews when an elderly monk purchases two guns...
Dorji’s (Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom) Telluride-selected, delightfully droll and slyly satirical film takes place in rural Bhutan during the lead-up to his country’s first-ever election. A trial run with fictional parties is planned to introduce voters to the concept of democracy. But when a dedicated young monk is asked by his elderly lama to bring him two guns before voting begins, it seems trouble is in store. A cavalcade of characters and misadventures ensue, in a tale as suspenseful as it is winning.

From the director of TFF favourite and Oscar nominee, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, this delightfully droll and slyly satirical film takes place in rural Bhutan during the lead-up to the country’s first-ever election.
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.


Sat 10 Aug
Tamworth - Forum 6 Cinemas
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All Ages
In Dzongkha and English with English subtitles
Pawo Choyning Dorji
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