Writer/Director Pawo Choyning Dorji chatted with our Gadi Elkon about his second feature film, THE MONK AND THE GUN.
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 (Kelsang Choejey), recognizing that extraordinary change is about to sweep through his country, is troubled by the possible outcomes. He instructs his young disciple Tashi (Tandin Wangchuk) 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 (Harry Einhorn), leading to a most unexpected outcome.
Writer/Director Pawo Choyning Dorji was able to talk about his Buddhist lifestyle, his films remoteness, the importance of showcasing his homeland Bhutan in unique ways and so much more! The film is a true marvel visually and packs touches of humor and real connection by an ensemble of cast and crew on their first film setting. Here is our conversation with Writer/Director Pawo Choyning Dorji.
Interview with Filmmaker Pawo Choyning Dorji:
This wonderful film is in theaters this Friday February 9th.
For more information, THE MONK AND THE GUN.