The Monk and the Gun


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Film Info
Release Year:2023
Production Country:Bhutan
Original Language:Dzongkha
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Pawo Choyning Dorji
Cast:Tandin Wangchuk
Deki Lhamo
Pema Zangmo Sherpa
Tandin Phubz
Tandin Sonam


In 2006, Bhutan, the last nation to adopt the internet and television, was on the brink of a historic shift towards democracy. Amid skepticism, a mock election was organized, and an American antique weapons collector's quest for a valuable rifle unfolded in this evolving landscape.

Simultaneously, in the tranquil town of Ura, a young monk was tasked by his wise teacher to restore harmony amidst impending changes. As the American and the monk's paths intertwined, they embarked on a captivating journey of tradition, transformation, and a quest for a mysterious treasure.

Directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji, the film explores the clash between ancient beliefs and modern progress in Bhutan. With an international cast, it unfolds against Bhutan's stunning landscapes, offering a glimpse into a world on the brink of change. Its selection for the 96th Academy Awards underscores its ability to bridge cultures and illuminate the human spirit amidst transformation.