[Buddha-l] FYI---Films on Theravada Buddhism
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Sat Aug 17 15:44:31 MDT 2013
>From Joanna K.
See: http://www.buddhistfilmfoundation.org page has a list of festival
film offerings over years.
X-posted from risa-l, Thanks for these to Michael Jerryson.
Blue Collar and Buddha (1987, USA/Laos): 57 minutes. A film about
Buddhism among Lao refugees in rural Illinois; it opens with the attempted
bombing of the wat and portrays the tension between the Lao Buddhists and
the surrounding White population.
The Buddha Comes to Sussex (1979, England, Thailand): 35 minutes.
Chronicles Achaan Chahs visit to London. An example of reverse colonialism!
Full access at http://www.watnongpahpong.org/videobcs.php
Buddhas Lost Children (2006, Thailand): 97 minutes
Burmese Harp (1967, Burma): 116 minutes.
Friends in High Places (2001, Burma): 56 minutes.
Deacon of Death (2004, Cambodia): 65 minutes.
Dharma River: Journey of a Thousand Buddhas (2005, Laos, Thailand,
Burma): 80 minutes
Exploitation of Women in Buddhism from What Harm Is It to Be a
Woman? (2005?, Thailand): 33 minutes. It centers on work being done by
religious female leaders in Thailand to redefine their place in Buddhism.
Footprint of the Buddha (1978, Sri Lanka): 54 minutes
Journey into Thailand: The Middle Path (1986, Thailand): 29 minutes.
The Life and Work of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (1987, Thailand): 25 minutes.
The Mindful Way (1970, Thailand): 25 minutes. A documentary about Achaan
Chah and Wat Nong Pah Pong. Full access at
Prajna Earth: Journey into Sacred Nature (2004, Bali, Cambodia, Java): 80
Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia (1989, Cambodia): 16 minutes. This
uses passages from the Dhammapada juxtaposed with the depiction of efforts
to reestablish society in post-Pol Pot Cambodia.
Today is Better than Two Tomorrows (2009, Laos): 75 minutes.
Vejen (1971, SEA, Burma): 22 minutes. this is an old film with a title in
Danish meaning 'the Way'
Films that provide contemporary contexts for Southeast Asian Buddhism
Mekhong Full Moon Party (2002, Thailand): 119 minutes. A wonderful Thai
commercial film that explores the tensions between modernity and
"tradition," countryside and city, reason and myth, science and religion.
Full access at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-_u69_hSQA .
Nang Nak (1999, Thailand): 101 minutes. One of the more recent depictions
of the famous myth of a devoted ghost wife and an unsuspecting husband.
Article on Southeast Asian Buddhist Films
Justin McDaniel, The Emotional Lives of Buddhist Monks in Modern Thai
Film, Journal of Religion and Film 14.2 (2010):
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