Phörpa * Khyente Norbu * 1999

the cup

I recently saw a documentary about children who fled from Tibet to seek refuge in Tibetan monastries in India. This film opens with a similar story. Then the viewer follows the inhabitents of one of these monasteries. Young men are trained to become good monks, but some of them are in the ban of the game of soccer. The world cup is played and in the nearest village the games are watched. Some of the monks sneak out to watch the games at night, but of course they are caught. Eventually they arrange that the final can be watched at the monastery. As you may expect this story is intermingled with a story about a boy coming to his (Buddhistic) senses and traditional Buddhists getting acquinted with the modern world. Nice film.

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