A Little Wisdom

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    A Little Wisdom

    Directed by

    Canada

    2017

    92 min

    • Nepali

    Documentary

    A Little Wisdom is director Yuqi Kang’s intimately observed portrait of orphaned monks living in an isolated monastery in Lumbini, Nepal. In the birthplace of the Buddha, we follow the daily routine of novice monk Hopakuli, and his older brother Chorten, left by their mother at Karma Samtenling Monastery. Kang lived at the monastery for a year prior to filming Hopakuli, Chorten and the other young monks. A Little Wisdom’s subtle rhythms and symbols evoke Buddhist teachings while showing the contradictions between Hopakuli’s austere monastic upbringing and a child’s natural fascination and longing for the world beyond Lumbini.

    Awards

    • Best Canadian Feature Documentary - Hot Docs

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Richen Sherpa
    Chorten Sherpa
    Sherpa Wangchuk
    Cinematography
    Yuqi Kang
    Amitabh Joshi
    Paola Ochoa
    Editing
    Yuqi Kang
    Music
    Martin Zaulich
    Drukmo Gyal Dakini
    Production
    BLUE GOAT FILMS
    Yuqi  Kang

    Yuqi Kang

    China

    Yuqi Kang was born in Inner Mongolia, China. She spent her early childhood living with her grandparents in Hohhot and later moved to Beijing. Growing up as an ethnic minority in China, art became the medium through which Yuqi began to confront and begin to articulate her lived experience.