Keepers of the Faith: The Buddhist Nuns of Saigang Hills

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1996 / 51 minutes

Directed by
Hiroko Kawanami
Country of production
United Kingdom

In the Saigang Hills, 12 miles from the ancient capital of Mandalay are hundreds of pagodas, stupas, monasteries and nunneries which form a focal point of worship for Buddhism in Burma. In 1986 the filmmaker lived for 15 months as a nun in the Thameikdaw Gaung nunnery. Some years later she is coming back for a visit in order to see what has changed. This is an intimate insight into the daily live of a nunnery as well a portrait of the monastic economy and its interactions with the society.

Language and subtitles
Original Version with English Subtitles
Region
South-East Asia
Country
Myanmar
Keywords
Religion / Belief / Faith Collective / Community identity