This is a remarkable film about a remarkable monk living in the Golden Triangle area on the Thailand/Myanmar border, Phra Khru Bah Neua Chai Kositto is the head of a monastery, which has almost as many novices as it has horses.
Together with the Nun Khun Mae Ead they take in and bring up poor children from the nearby villages, many of which are from extremely poor families, who can’t feed the families they have,
The one way for them to have a chance in life is to get them fed and some sort of training at the monastery. The film follows Phra Khru Bah, the nun and the novices through a year in their life, as they cover the area the monk is in charge of.
Along the way we see some of the kids coming out of the stunted and withdrawn state they were in when they came along to the monastery and finally managing to take control of their lives.
The stars, besides Phra Khru and Khun Mae Ead, are the novices, especially Suk, Pan Saen and Boontam. The setting is the wild forests and mountain villages in north-west Thailand.
The film has been lovingly made by Mark Verkerk and has quite rightly won many film-festival awards around the world.
Not the usual sort of Buddhism film, and the teachings are hardly mentioned at all, rather what we see is one monk who has imbibed the teachings and is living them out in the way he best way he knows how to.
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