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Little Monk (2003)

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The Dalai Lama ... Himself
Karmapa Lama Karmapa Lama ... Himself
Little Potato Little Potato ... Himself
Chaille Stovall ... Himself
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Documentary | Short

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USA

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English | Tibetan

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6 June 2003 (USA) See more »

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Sad
11 August 2004 | by grissnharrSee all my reviews

Gut-wrenching documentary about a 6-year old Tibetan boy who is practically forced into leaving his dirt poor family to go live with the Buddhist monks in the local monastery. Sad in that the little boy obviously wants to live at home and be a kid. Instead, he's pressured into becoming an adult too young and accepting a life a celibacy. A life he had absolutely no say in. Only thing is, I could not tell what the filmmaker's point of view was. Were they as shocked as I was? Did they think this was an admirable thing? (there's some evidence of that). Or were they trying to maintain a facade of neutrality? Reminiscent of the children forced to go work in coal mines at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.


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