In his latest film Sing me a Song, director Thomas Balmès paints a picture of how the introduction of the internet can totally change even the most remote monk community.
Seventeen-year-old Peyangki is a young monk in Bhutan. Eleven years ago, his community was introduced to electricity and everything that came with it. People were given access to the internet and television. Peyangki now has a cell phone with all his peers in the monastery. Just like every contemporary teenager, the smartphone plays a major role in the social life of the monk. Peyangki loses his dedication to his studies and fills his time with video games and chatting with Ugyen, his future girlfriend whom he met over the internet. She lives in the nearby city of Thimphu. What follows is a story about change, love and connection.
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