synopsis

ANGRY MONK is the story of "modern" tibet, encapsulated by a monk in the early 20th century. feeling constrained, gendun choephel (1903–51) broke out of tibet and traveled in india, bringing his experiences and ideas home to his people through his writing and painting. choephel was ahead of his time, a prototype for critical thinking in his society at a time when tibet was torn between buddhist traditions and modern demands.

today, he is once again important to tibetans seeking to reclaim the promise held out by their homeland before the chinese occupation. he is also important to westerners seeking to understand tibetans as agents rather than passive victims of their history. the film uses the journeys of this modern monk to build up a multi-faceted understanding of the present situation in tibet.

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sketch of gendun choephel, 1945

 
 
         
 
             
   
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