International Buddhist Film Festival of North America
Sri Lanka Buddhist Film Festival
Korean Documentary Film Festival
"There's a definite human commonality in this documentary" - HanCinema
On the Road (길위에서, AKA "Bhikkuni - Buddhist Nuns") is the first documentary set in the fascinating, veiled, and strictly prohibited Baekhong Temple -- a women only Buddhist monastery in the pristine mountains of South Korea. The nuns at Baekhong Temple practice their ascetic traditions in sheer isolation from the outside world, and open its doors to the public for only two days each year.
This introspective, visually striking exposé of female spirituality in contemporary Korea offers a unique glimpse into the secluded lives of four women of various ages. Each decided to enter the Buddhist priesthood for different reasons; one was drawn to monastic life following a visit to a Buddhist center, another located the temple on the internet, a third chose to become a nun out of remorse, a fourth had been left there as a child and decided to stay.
103 minutes, in Korean with English subtitles.
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