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Monk of the Sea

Mnich z morza, Poland, 54 min, HD, Anthropology, Creative, Personal View, Religion, Social Issues, Society
Tum, a student of economy, lives in Bangkok and starts his independent life without parents. He lives fast and enjoys his life – he parties and fools around with his friends. In Thailand, a 20-year-old boy becomes a rightful man for his society only after becoming a monk. For this reason, about 70% of young men join Buddhist monasteries – wats - every year. Most of the time, they stay there for a few weeks only. They come there to find their inner silence, to learn how to meditate, but also to please their families and to gain respect of other people. Tum hasn’t become a monk yet, as he claims that he leads a very busy life and has no time for it. However, he knows he should do it for his mother and for her karma to get better. But the most important thing is that Tum has also realized that his stay in a monastery could help him find his life goal, and he starts to long for it more and more desperately. Tum decides to become a monk in Wat Khun Samut Trawat near Bangkok. There are only five of other monks in the Wat and all of them are “permanent” monks – monks for life. The abbot of the Wat - Khun Samut Trawat is against the phenomenon of short-term monks. He claims that it’s unfeasible to learn the essence of Buddhism and to change your life just in a few weeks. No one has done that in Wat Khun Samut Trawat for a long time. Tum will be the first one who tries since years.

Rafał Skalski
Jacek Nagłowski
Executive producer:
Agnieszka Janowska
Original idea:
Rafał Skalski
Rafał Skalski
Director of photography:
Jakub Giza
Konrad Jakubowski
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Polish Film Institute - development support - 7500Euro

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