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Thailand | 2019 | 84 min | PG13: Some Mature Content
Thai with English subtitles
Directed by Nottapon Boonprakob
In Thailand where the major religion is Buddhism, one of the wealthiest and most controversial temples “Dhammakaya” is in crisis. Its 72-year-old abbot was charged with money laundering and receiving stolen property from one of his followers.
On June 16, 2016, the police arrived at the temple with a search warrant but faced resistance from thousands of disciples forming a human barricade, meditating to block the gate. They announced that the abbot was severely ill and would enter the judicial process only when the country returned to democracy.
COME AND SEE examines the conflict through the eyes of Bumpen, a 50-year-old woman who is now residing at the temple alongside thousands of devotees, to protect the convicted abbot from law enforcement by any means necessary.
By exploring the Dhammakaya belief system – which some Thais consider brainwashing – through the lives of current and former members, this film is the quintessential reflection on the clash in modern Thai society.