Tashi and the Monk
by Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke
Director: Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke
Cinematographer: Andrew Hinton
Editing: Johnny Burke
Sound and music: Dan Weinberg, Message to Bears, Klara Kjellen, Tenzing Yangi
Production: Pilgrim Films
HD, Color, 39 mn, OV Hindi and English with French subtitles
On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Former Buddhist monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but 8 years ago left 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 children.
5 year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?