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THIS Buddhist Film Festival 2021 will be a combination of online and physical screenings. All 15 films will be screened at Shaw Theatres Lido (Singapore), a Fully Vaccinated Cinema. If you prefer to enjoy the festival in the comfort of your own home, get the Online Pass!

Single Ticket: $13 + $1 SISTIC fee
Watch 1 film in the cinema
Accessible to patrons located in Singapore only

Online Pass: $26 + $3 SISTIC fee
Watch 8 fixed films online
Accessible to patrons located in Singapore and Malaysia

Master Sheng Yen wearing glasses and winter hat rendered in animation - Master Sheng Yen - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

本来面目 MASTER SHENG YEN

星期六 9月25日 Sat 25 Sep | 1pm
星期日 10月3日 Sun 3 Oct | 10.20am

台湾 TAIWAN | 2019  | 115 min  |  PG13: 少许粗俗语言  PG13: Some Brief Coarse Language

1940年代,在中国民族命运、人的尊严以及佛教尊严都跌落谷底的时刻,一个十四岁的男孩在江苏南通出家,从此,他展开了将近七十年不曾休止的求法与传法过程,同时,也是追寻生命与信仰尊严归向的过程。
In the 1940s, as the fate of the Chinese people and the dignity of Chinese Buddhism fell into the nadir, a 14-year-old boy was ordained to be a Buddhist monk in Jiangsu Province, China. Since then he has embarked on a journey to pursue and spread the Dharma for nearly 70 years.

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Padmasambhava Buddha Statue in Karana mudra - Precious Guru - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

PRECIOUS GURU

Sat 25 Sep | 2pm

70 min | USA | PG

PRECIOUS GURU is a feature length documentary movie that gives vivid insight into the life, times and legacy of Padmasambhava – the 8th century Indian yogi who carried Buddhism over the Himalayas into Tibet.

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Backview of person in red robes and hat walking up a mountain - Wandering But Not Lost - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

WANDERING… BUT NOT LOST

Sat 25 Sep | 4.10pm
Fri 1 Oct | 6.50pm (SOLD OUT)

88 min | USA | PG

An intimate account of Mingyur Rinpoche’s four-and-a-half-year retreat interspersed with the master’s own guidance in applying Buddhist wisdom to our daily modern lives.

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Zen monk sitting in a wooden hut - My Soul Drifts Light Upon a Sea of Trees - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

MY SOUL DRIFTS LIGHT UPON A SEA OF TREES

Sat 25 Sep | 4.15pm

93 min | The Netherlands and Japan | PG 13: Some Mature Content

This is the story of Zen Buddhist Itettsu Nemoto, who has spent most of his adult life offering support for individuals struggling with depression and suicidal behaviour.

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Man stands in front of painting of three eyed goddess - Looking for a Lady With Fangs and a Moustache - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

LOOKING FOR A LADY WITH FANGS AND A MOUSTACHE

Sat 25 Sep | 6.45pm
Sat 2 Oct | 4pm

113 min | Nepal | PG 13: Some Drug References

When a series of visions sends a sceptical entrepreneur to seek spiritual advice, an eccentric Buddhist monk predicts his imminent death, unless he can locate an elusive lady with fangs.

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Lady wearing headphones in a train - My Year of Living Mindfully - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

MY YEAR OF LIVING MINDFULLY

Sat 25 Sep | 6.50pm
Sat 2 Oct | 4.15pm

98 min | Australia | PG13: Some Coarse Language

In the midst of a global mental health crisis, millions of people have turned to mindfulness. But does it actually make us happier and healthier? What began as a year-long experiment soon became a life-changing experience for health journalist, Shannon Harvey.

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The lama standing in snow winter mountain background - The Medicine Buddha - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

THE MEDICINE BUDDHA

Sun 26 Sep | 10am
Wed 29 Sep | 6.45pm

110 min | United Kingdom | PG

This unique documentary is a portrait of one of the leaders of the Buddhist faith in Mongolia: Khamba Lama Natsagdorj. Revered as a national treasure, he treats patients around the world with traditional Mongolian herbal medicine.

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VISIONS OF A TEACHER

Sun 26 Sep | 10.45am
Sat 2 Oct | 7pm

58 min | The Netherlands | PG 13: Brief Nudity

In this documentary we see Khyentse Norbu (director of The Cup, 1999) in Nepal during the filming for his latest film Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache, where he effortlessly switches between working with the hip film crew and performing ancient Buddhist rituals.

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Thousands of devotees surrounding Dhammakaya temple - Come and See - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

COME AND SEE

Sun 26 Sep | 12.45pm
Sat 2 Oct | 6.50pm

84 min | Thailand | PG13: Some Mature Content

The clash between one of the largest and most controversial Buddhist temples in Thailand and the military government, told through the eyes of devoted disciples.

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Two young monks looking at scenery - Saffron Heart - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

SAFFRON HEART

Sun 26 Sep | 12.50pm

90 min | Russia | PG

A young Tibetan boy arrives at a Buddhist monastery in South India, and deeply misses his home and parents. His teacher draws him a map-quest challenge which consists of 8 puzzles.

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Sogyal Rinpoche giving Dharma talk on a high pedestal - Guru in Disgrace - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

GURU IN DISGRACE

Sun 26 Sep | 3.15pm (Sold Out)
Sat 2 Oct | 1.30pm

88 min | The Netherlands | NC16: Some Mature Content

In 2017, evidence of ongoing sexual abuse and violence by Sogyal Rinpoche, a well-known Tibetan Buddhist master, sent shockwaves through the Buddhist world.

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A young woman holding sharp tool with both hands pointing at back of a man lying down - Lost Lotus - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

未见莲华 LOST LOTUS

星期日 9月26日 Sun 26 Sep | 3.20pm
星期三 9月29日 Wed 29 Sep | 7pm

82 min | 香港 / 荷兰 Hong Kong / The Netherlands | NC16: 些许粗俗语言 Some Coarse Language

一位年轻的中文老师正在寻找撞死了她母亲的肇事逃逸的司机。当她正在尝试理解她母亲的信仰的时候,佛教的信仰也慢慢的平复了吴玉失去母亲的伤痛 ……
A young Chinese teacher searches for the hit-and-run driver responsible for her mother’s death. As she tries to understand her mother’s faith, Buddhist principles slowly grow in her and start appeasing her pain.

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Elderly monk playing cymbals - Music Monks - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

乐僧 MUSIC MONKS

星期四 9月30日 Thu 30 Sep | 6.50pm
星期六 10月2日 Sat 2 Oct | 1.50pm

78 min | 中国 China | PG

一群乐僧,用千年乐谱与乐器,诉说自己的信仰、爱与痛。
The faith, love and pain of a group of monks in China are expressed through their music that is more than a thousand years old.

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Zen monk meditating in a forest - The Way Out - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

THE WAY OUT

Thu 30 Sep | 7pm
Sun 3 Oct | 11am

60 min | The Netherlands | PG

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh has a revolutionary proposal for facing the climate crisis: “The way out is in”.

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An old monk holding a Buddha statue talking to a child monk - Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER… AND SPRING

Fri 1 Oct | 6.45pm
Sun 3 Oct | 1.30pm

105 min | South Korea | M18: Mature Theme

With the dreamlike background of a monastery that stands in a forest on a pond, panoramic portraits of life flow in accordance with the four seasons.

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