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Burma Storybook

Petr Lom, Corinne van Egeraat

For many Burmese people, poetry has been a source of hope and resiliency, helping them survive the military dictatorship’s total control over the country. In this 2017 documentary, take a cinematic trip to Myanmar and see the country through its people’s eyes and poetry. Burma Storybook centers around the 70 year-old activist and writer Maung Aung Pwint, as he navigates life after his imprisonment and the long-awaited return of his son returning home after two decades of political exile.

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What Do You Believe Now?

Sarah Feinbloom
Graveyard

What Do You Believe Now? takes a look at the religious lives of young Americans through interviews with six millennials— Buddhist, Catholic, Pagan, Jew, Muslim, and Lakota—who share their struggles and aspirations, first as teens in 2001 and again as 30-somethings in 2018.

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My America…or Honk If You Love Buddha

Renee Tajima-Peña
my america honk if you love buddha

Join Japanese American director Renee Tajima-Peña on her road trip exploring the Asian American cultural landscape at the end of the 20th century. Tackling the topics of racial politics, xenophobia, and immigration with curiosity and irreverence, Tajima-Peña tries to answer the question “What does it mean to be Asian American?”

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Mr. Hu and the Temple

Yan Ting Yuen

How hard could it be to start a new Buddhist temple? Quite hard indeed, the Chinese businessman Mr. Hu discovers during this documentary, as unforeseen tensions with the sponsoring monastery in China threaten his dream of founding a temple in the Netherlands.

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Tenzo

Katsuya Tomita
the monk chiken in front of mount fuji in the film tenzo

Soto Zen monks Chiken and Ryugyo, two classmates, grapple with the trauma of Japan’s post-Fukushima socio-economic crisis while trying to lead their respective temples. Tenzo freely blends fact and fiction in a genre-bending experimental tale based on real Soto Zen monks.

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