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THIS Buddhist Film Festival 2023 will be physical screenings only. All 19 films will be screened at Shaw Theatres Lido (Singapore).

Single Cinema Ticket: $15
Prices exclude SISTIC booking fees

LITTLE BUDDHA - Actor Keanu Reeves as The Buddha sitting in meditation under the Bodhi tree - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Sat 23 Sep | 1pm
Thu 28 Sep | 6.50pm

France, Liechtenstein and United Kingdom | 1993 | 135 min | PG

LITTLE BUDDHA is a captivating film by renowned director Bernardo Bertolucci that tells the parallel stories of Jesse, a young boy in modern-day Seattle, and Siddhartha, the prince destined to become the Buddha in ancient India.

TUKDAM BETWEEN WORLDS - Researcher in Tibetan monastery - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Sat 23 Sep | 4.10pm

Finland | 2022 | 91 min | NC16: Some Disturbing Scenes

TUKDAM: BETWEEN WORLDS follows the first ever scientific research into tukdam by neuroscientist Richard Davidson’s team, juxtaposed with intimate death stories of tukdam meditators and Tibetan understandings of the death process – which include ideas about consciousness and the mind-body connection that are very different to those of mainstream science.

KARMALINK - Boy writing on a digital screen projected on him - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Sat 23 Sep | 6.50pm

Cambodia, USA | 2021 | 101 min | PG: Some Coarse Language

In the near-future Phnom Penh, the rich and privileged are augmented with nanotech, and new skyscrapers crowd the skyline. In Tralop Bek, a tight-knit community threatened with forced eviction, 13 year-old Leng Heng is having vivid dreams of his past lives. He and his friends are convinced they are meant to find a buried Buddhist statue to save their homes, and they seek out help from a street-smart girl in the neighbourhood, Srey Leak.

REINCARNATION MALL - Monk shopper cart - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Sat 23 Sep | 6.50pm

Germany | 2023 | 5 min | PG

It’s just a pity that Mr. Grump didn’t collect too many karma points during his life on Earth. Because when he suddenly finds himself in a shopping mall after his death, in which you can buy a new life with exactly these points, he is forced to rethink his entire attitude towards life.

BUDDHA IN AFRICA - African teens performing kungfu on stage - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Sun 24 Sep | 11am

Sweden, South Africa | 2019 | 90 min | NC16: Some Nudity

Enock Alu, a Malawian teenager growing up in a Chinese Buddhist orphanage, feels torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock, in his final year of school, has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his relatives in his home village or study abroad in Taiwan?

벗어날 탈 脫 NOT ONE AND NOT TWO - Back facing meditating - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Sun 24 Sep | 1.30pm

South Korea | 2021 | 72 min | NC16: Some Nudity

Young-mok has an unknown disease. His girlfriend Seon-hwa asserted that he would get better after taking medicine, but he intuitively felt death approaching. He cut off all of his relationships and persisted in Zen practice in a new house to achieve Enlightenment.

MISSION: JOY - Dalai Lama talking to Archbishop Tutu - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Sun 24 Sep | 4.10pm

USA | 2021 | 88 min | NC16: Some Mature Content

Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, MISSION: JOY FINDING HAPPINESS IN TROUBLED TIMES is a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu.

SAMSARA - Projection of elephant on a sleeping monk - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Sun 24 Sep | 6.50pm

Spain | 2023 | 114 min | PG

SAMSARA is a story split in two: two continents, two communities, two belief systems, two sets of experiences and inner lives. Between them lies a sensory pathway, all light and sound. The viewer is only asked to close their eyes and travel with it.

MAY I BE HAPPY - Classroom raise hands - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Mon 25 Sep | 7pm

France | 2019 | 80 min | PG

MAY I BE HAPPY reveals the significance of mindfulness practice in transforming the lives of young people.

WAKING UP 2050 - Projection of a person on a bridge - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Tue 26 Sep | 6.50pm

Germany | 2021 | 45 min | PG13: Some Mature Content

WAKING UP 2050 is a documentary film completed during the Covid pandemic as the graduation project of Communications Design student Ray Choo at the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin (HTW).

GYÜTÖ - Lamas gathering in monastery square - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Tue 26 Sep | 6.50pm

Belgium | 2022 | 60 min | PG13: Some Mature Content

To hear the sound of the ocean in the Himalayas… This unlikely wish takes a film director and her three girls to GYÜTÖ, where a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, perched high, echoes day and night the sound of sacred tantric chants of meditation, «which sound like the waves of the ocean».

净食 ALMS - Meal offering - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


星期三 9月27日 Wed 27 Sep | 7pm

美国 USA | 2009 | 23 min | PG

ALMS is a cinematic tour through a remote mountain Chan/Zen Buddhist monastery in Southern China. Audiences are guided by the community’s Head Chef as he explains the traditional cultivation, distribution and ritual offering of food in this traditional Buddhist community.

戒 VOWS - Buddhist monks infront of colourful banners - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


星期三 9月27日 Wed 27 Sep | 7pm

美国 USA | 2013 | 37 min | PG

VOWS《戒》的场景位于河北省现代中国佛教寺院 – 柏林寺的一场200多位僧众受戒的三壇大戒法会,三藏阅读和讲座的大型仪式所带来的图像和声音。
VOWS is set during a massive Triple- course readings and lectures, platform Ordination for over 200 bringing images and sounds from monastics held at Bailin Chan modern China’s Buddhist Monastery in Hebei Province. Ven. communities into your classroom.

出家 LEAVING HOME - Man farewell to soldier son - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


星期三 9月27日 Wed 27 Sep | 7pm

台湾 Taiwan | 2023 | 13 min | PG

In the 1970s, the young Wu Liou would go to Kinmen to serve in the military. In front of his house, he bid farewell to his Buddhist father, Jhih-Fu Liou. With his father’s blessing, he “left home” to join the army. Unfortunately, he was killed by a marine from the enemy a year later. And Jhih-Fu Liou could never see him again…

VANISHING POINT - A monk sweeping the leaves - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Fri 29 Sep | 6.50pm

Thailand, Netherlands | 2015 | 103 min | M18: Sexual Scenes

The film takes on the experience from a car accident of the director’s parents 32 years ago. It’s a story of two men who each are running away from a suffering of their own, at different times and places.

NEVER FORGET TIBET - Escape under cover of darkness - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


Sat 30 Sep | 10.30am

UK | 2022 | 90 min | NC16: Some Mature Content

One of the most significant moments in 20th century history, His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama reveals the details of his incredible escape into exile for the first time on film in his own words with the Indian political officer who led him to safety.

回眸 REVIEW - Ven Dejia hugging YuShan - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


星期六 9月30日 Sat 30 Sep | 1pm

台湾 Taiwan | 2021 | 89 min | 内容只宜十三岁及以上 PG13: Some Mature Content

The film documents how three terminal patients, Guan Wei, Yao Hua, and Yu Shan, face every moment of death before they die.

The Mountain Path Poster 山道 Shifu walking in mountain trail - THIS Buddhist Film Festival


星期六 9月30日 Sat 30 Sep | 4pm

美国 USA | 2021 | 96 min | PG

A spirited young man journeys into the mountains of China in search of a Buddhist hermit master. Along the trail he meets an unexpected cast of dedicated recluses; the gaunt ascetic, the persevering nun, a wise old master and his disciples, all who, despite living far from the world, teach him all about how to live within it.

I LEAVE HOME - Man riding bicycle on the street - THIS Buddhist Film Festival

오늘 출가합니다 I LEAVE HOME

Sat 30 Sep | 7pm

South Korea | 2021 | 91 min | NC16: Some Mature Content

Sungmin decides to become a Buddhist monk. He asks his friend Jinwoo to take him to the temple where he will become a monk. On the long-awaited day of departure, Sungmin announces himself to everyone he meets.