& the Monk
Emmy Award Winner: Best Short Documentary!
On a remote mountaintop, a brave social experiment is taking place.
Buddhist Monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama but eight years ago he left behind a life as a spiritual
teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the
foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected
Tashi is the
newest arrival. Her mother recently passed
away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild
troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new
siblings. Lobsang has channeled his own unhappy childhood into an
other ‘uninvited guests of the universe’ to avoid a
fate. But can the community’s love and compassion transform
Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her
Directed by Johnny Burke and Andrew Hinton.
2014. 39 minutes. Showtime: