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THE MONK AND THE GUN Advance Screening

Thanks to Roadside Attractions for the opportunity to share an advance screening of the film, THE MONK AND THE GUN, with members of the DIFF community on February 6, 2024. Thanks also to Violet Crown Cinema Dallas for hosting the screening and to our Community Partner, Asian Film Festival of Dallas, for their participation.

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.

In Theaters: February 9, 2024

Run Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Starring: Tandin Wangchuk, Deki Lhamo, Pema Zangmo Sherpa, Tandin Sonam, Harry Einhorn, Choeying Jatsho, Tandin Phubz, Yuphel Lhendup Selden, Kelsang Choejay

Directed by: Pawo Choyning Dorji

Written by: Pawo Choyning Dorji

Producers: Jean-Christophe Simon, Hsu Feng, Stephanie Lai, Pawo Choyning Dorji

The film stars Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor as Wilkerson, alongside Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Audra McDonald, Niecy Nash-Betts, Nick Offerman, and Blair Underwood.

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