"A droll, shrewdly satirical fable, in which Western values crash against a seemingly intransigent (but potentially more enlightened) South Asian culture." - Peter Debruge, Variety

"The storytelling is lively and piquant, demonstrating the director’s sense of humor and sharp observational skills." - Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter

In the follow up to his Academy Award–nominated LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM, Pawo Choyning Dorji crafts a big-hearted and poignant fable about embracing the future while recognizing the past. In 2006, the King of Bhutan abdicated the throne, and the country began the transition to democracy. Following the perspective of elders, villagers, and monks, among others, THE MONK AND THE GUN is a playful and wise ensemble drama and a wholly gratifying account of a nation at a crucial inflection point. 

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - Best Foreign Language Film, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Official Selection - Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival 

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