DOKUFEST: SELECTOR’S SELECTIONS DAY 8
As well as our daily insider tips appearing on the website to guide you through DokuFest’s extensive program, festival director Nita Deda has picked out a selection of highlights. Today it’s A Little Wisdom.
Yuqi Kang’s first feature displays a an orphanage-cum-monastery for boys on the Indian-Nepalese border and its inhabitants.
Kang has a keen eye for the many little sadnesses and excitements that linger around the edges of chores and play for the lives of the boys. And, it is evident, she has great affection for Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha and a place resplendent with the vast mountains that provide a backdrop for the monastery and the boys’ young lives. It’s a quiet film, expectedly meditative, but lively in its own small ways. There are inklings that she has something to say about modernisation and how it is altering faith practices, but indeed the film is more of a still pool than a charging river in terms of its polemic.