Washington D.C. Premiere
TIGER AND THE MONK, THE
A tiger will always be a tiger, even if it feeds from the hand. It will always be a wild animal. —- Monk’s Maxim
THE TIGER AND THE MONK (Austria, 2006, 52 min.)
Washington, D.C. Premiere Once the “aristocrat” of the jungles of Southeast Asia, the tiger, undisputed ruler of the animal kingdom, is one of the most endangered species in the world today. Three of the eight subspecies are already extinct. Only 500 to 2,000 tigers still inhabit the intact jungle regions of south China, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam. Situated far away from any civilization, about 200 kilometers west of Bangkok, Wat Pa Luangta Bua is a monastery of meditation where silence, peace and harmony reign. This documentary portrays the harmonious relationship between predators and humans there. Every afternoon, a daily ritual is observed: nonchalant Buddhist monks take their 10 three to five- year-old tigers out on a leash for a walk through the bordering region of Burma. They dote upon their tigers, feed them and celebrate them as their most sacred animal. The monks treat grown-up animals with reverence and respect although they cuddle and play with the cubs. In English. Directed by Harald Pokieser and produced by Cosmos Factory for ORF Universum in co-production with WNET New York, Canal+ and BR.
Introduced by Margareta Ploder, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Austria.
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