Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Documentary film screening: The Next Guardian
Documentary film screening (with Hungarian and English subtitles):
The Next Guardian
A film by Dorottya Zurbó and Arun Bhattarai
Date: March 12, 6:00 p.m. Venue: Blinken OSA, Arany János u. 32.
Brother and sister Gyembo and Tashi are normal teenagers. They love soccer and their phones. In their Himalayan village, their father oversees a Buddhist temple that has been in the family for generations. He hopes his son will one day take over his duties. He would prefer that Gyembo leave his modern English-language school in favor of a monk school. In this thoughtful and tender portrait of a Bhutanese family, the generation gap is as large as their love for one another. Celibacy doesn't offer an enticing future to an adolescent boy, which Gyembo’s father understands. Nonetheless, he still tries to convince his son that being a monk offers many advantages. Meanwhile, Tashi feels more like a boy than a girl, and dreams of a life as a pro soccer player. She wants to attend a soccer camp that would be the first step in being selected for the national team. Unfortunately, though happiness is high on the political agenda in Bhutan, not all wishes come true. More details about the film are available here.
The film screening will be followed by a discussion (in English) with Dorottya Zurbó (co-director) and Samten Yeshey (CEU student from Bhutan)
Moderator: Zoltán Valcsicsák, chairman of the Hungary-Bhutan Friendship Society, Bhutan expert