The Monk and the Gun

Bud Watch Party ~ The Monk and the Gun

Sunday, August 4, 2024 - 12:00am
Monday, August 5, 2024 - 12:00am
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Wednesday, August 14, 2024 - 12:00am
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A brilliant fable from Bhutan, featuring an American gun collector, a cast of monks, and the birth of democracy

The Monk And The Gun captures the wonder and disruption as Bhutan becomes one of the world’s youngest democracies. Known throughout the world for its extraordinary beauty and its emphasis on Gross National Happiness, the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan was the last nation to connect to the internet and television. And if that weren’t enough change, the King announced shortly afterwards that he would cede his power to the people via their vote and a new form of government: Democracy.

An elderly lama, recognizing that extraordinary change is about to sweep through his country, is troubled by the possible outcomes. He 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 film available on television: James Bond. His quest brings him into contact with a scheming American gun collector Ron, leading to a most unexpected outcome.

Stream the film at the button above. Log on to Kanopy to watch for free with your library card.

Run Time: 

1 hour 51 min.

About Bud's Watch Party

In addition to our in-person film screenings in Library Hall, Bud Werner Library continues to spearhead special opportunities to view hot documentaries at home. The library hopes that you'll enjoy watching these thoughtful films, then come together for community conversations to share the experience.