The Monk and the Gun


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, May 24 3:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, May 25 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, May 26 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, May 27 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, May 28 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, May 29 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, May 30 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2023
Run Time:107 minutes
Production Country:Bhutan, Taiwan, France, United States, Hong Kong
Original Language:Dzongkha, English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Pawo Choyning Dorji


“The Monk and the Gun” captures the wonder and disruption as Bhutan becomes one of the world’s youngest democracies.

Known throughout the world for its extraordinary beauty and its emphasis on Gross National Happiness, the remote Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan was the last nation to connect to the internet and television. And if that weren’t enough change, the King announced shortly afterwards that he would cede his power to the people via their vote and a new form of government: Democracy.

An elderly lama (Kelsang Choejey), recognizing that extraordinary change is about to sweep through his country, is troubled by the possible outcomes. He instructs his young disciple Tashi (Tandin Wangchuk) to set forth into the kingdom and bring him two guns before the full moon to “set it right.”

The young monk is perplexed by his guru’s request, and his familiarity with guns is based solely on images from the only film available on television: James Bond. His quest brings him into contact with a scheming American gun collector Ron (Harry Einhorn), leading to a most unexpected outcome.

“Brilliant! An uplifting, one-of-a-kind film.” — Next Best Picture

“A sly critique of Western influence with a humorous and hugely satisfying finale.” — Variety