Buddha’s Lost Children

Buddhas Lost Children

Buddha’s Lost Children

               Genre: Documentary
               Drugs, Thailand, orphanage, a monk, Buddhism

The battle of Phra Khru Bah

  Documentaries on Buddhism in general and especially about the Dalai Lama in particular, have become an integral part of the start list any more, even if they use movies like a target but quite manageable. Buddha’s Lost Children Mark Verkerk is no exception, though, the film presents a rather unusual view of Buddhism. Here is less about spiritual enlightenment and cheap escape life, but to completely uprooted concrete assistance for the poorest of the poor, for and neglected children at the northern boundary of the “Golden Triangle” between Laos, Thailand and Myanmar.

Phra Khru Bah is a Buddhist monk. But he has little to do with what one imagines is commonly under such a man. That former Thai boxer, who competed in 1990, his last official fight, yet still can strike, no doubt about that. In one scene, he simply sets an aggressive young people out of action and shows that his understanding of Buddhism is not a lot has to do with the cliché of violence. Although sympathetic with the “Tiger Monk has” not just as a thug, but his normal, everyday work is more like that of a tough street workers. He moves with a herd of horses from village to village and takes care of the neglected and impoverished children in the region, their livelihood primarily impacted by drug cultivation and drug use are. Khru Bah tried to children, to present, through meditation and martial arts instruction and support perspective and provide the powerful drug mafia forehead. Seen from outside the educational methods of the militant monk Muten strangely, the mix of spirituality, hard training and strict discipline, which also praises painful tattoos on children as a station on the road to knowledge, it is sometimes surprising to Western audiences to terrifying. But perhaps it is in cases like this an effective way. For Irrtitationen it provides anyway.

Mark Verkerk insightful and well thanks to its magnificent landscapes since 2006, its venerable documentary was shown on many festivals and received many awards. For example, he won the Grand Jury Prize for International Documentary “at the American Film Festival in Los Angeles, the Silver Dove at DOK Leipzig and several other awards.

Why did the film, however, now comes to the cinemas, even though a TV is broadcasting long and Buddha’s Lost Children is now available as a DVD, one of the mysteries and follies of the cinema industry, the weekly output ensures that one every now and then, given the numerous reboots simply lose track. Movies like this harms the least more than it benefits.

(Paul Collmar)

Title: Buddha’s Lost Children Country of production: The Netherlands Year of production: 2006 Length: 97 (Min) of material: imFilm

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