Monday, 2 June 2008

2008 Wesak International Film Festival

So glad to receive this poster from a friend on the upcoming 2008 Wesak International Film Festival (WIFF). This would be the 3rd WIFF organized. Over the 2 weekends, there would be many Buddhist films, documentaries & animation being shown. Details of screening can be found here.

It was at the 1st WIFF held 2 years ago that I was introduced to a film from Bhutan called "The Cup". It was a movie about a group of Tibetan monks living in a monastery in India. The story focused on a young monk with strong passion for soccer and went all out to watch it during the World Cup. It also showed how he was careless and self-centered but eventually turned into an understanding person at the end of the movie. I was also fascinated by the life & cultural aspects of the Tibetan monks featured through this movie. The fact that none of the actors in the movie were regular actors and this was the director’s first movie and made on a shoe-string budget, made it more impressive.

So, I will try to watch as many movies as possible over the 2 weekends when WIFF is running! Meanwhile, you can catch a short glimpse of The Cup that I found on YouTube. Happy viewing! Hope it perks up your Monday!

1 comment:

Bibi said...

Thank you for this posting. I found several films on it I've seen, and noted two others that I'd like to see. I'll be back!

"Use your first smile, your first form of generosity, of love, of kindness—use it at home; start at home. And if there is something left over—if … your plate is just full of abundance of patience and goodness and smiles and joy, then by all means, you should go … and offer that to others. But we must begin at home." by Dr Robin Smith