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Buddha's Lost Children

Phra Khru Bah , Mark Verkerk  |  G |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Phra Khru Bah
  • Directors: Mark Verkerk
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Festival Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002T6V174
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"One of the most inspiring documentaries on record." SF Weekly

Grand Jury Prize for Documentary: AFI Festival

Official Dutch Entry for the Academy Awards®

A rare look at life way beyond the view of most, filmed on location among the hill tribes in the border regions of Burma and Thailand, the Golden Triangle infamous for its drug lords and violence. A nomadic, horseback-riding Buddhist monk, Phra Kru Ba, a former boxer known as the "Tiger Monk," devotes his life to helping the isolated communities there, and rescuing orphan children. With his Golden Horse Temple he's built an orphanage, school and clinic a haven for the children of the region, who see him as a shaman, father figure and coach.

Stunning cinematography, intimate filmmaking and a compelling story make this film an extraordinary experience of a hidden realm. Buddha's Lost Children gives the term "grassroots Buddhism" new meaning, and in the end it's the children's journey we share

2-disk Special Collector's Edition, over 4.5 hours of bonus features

A portion of the proceeds go towards the construction of a new school at the Golden Horse Temple in Thailand

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
It's refreshing to see a documentary where the film maker stays out of the way - the opposite of Michael Moore - and lets the subjects tell their own stories by letting us into their lives. The cinematography is excellent along with the editing, writing, score and - most importantly - the subjects are fascinating. It is impossible not to be moved by these children's lives and share in their suffering and happiness along their life's journey. Luong Por Khru Bah is not your usual Thai Buddhist monk as you will see. He, admittedly, still has his moments where he gets the better of himself but his heart is always in the right place. If Khru Bah is the father figure in all of this then the mother figure certainly comes from Khun Mae Ead, a Buddhist nun. In addition to living the monastic lifestyle, learning how to read and write, Muay Thai (boxing), cooking, bathing, brushing teeth, washing clothes and other life skills, each novice is given a horse to take care of which gives them a very real responsibility - that of another life in addition to their own. For such a young age, or any age, this kind of lifestyle is very demanding on many levels. It's heartbreaking to see one child, initially very stubborn and seemingly hopeless, open up and begin to thrive and then, later, find out that he is summoned to come back home to his biological family who may or may not have his best interests in mind. Upon visiting him after his departure from the monastery, seeing his face and body language revert to his former, pre-monastic, self - we can see the answer. That said, there are some triumphs along the way, or are still works in progress, but there is always much more work to be done. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, the best movie I have ever seen. February 14, 2010
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I loved Buddha's Lost Children! I first saw it at the Sedona International Film Festival and was blown away on how well it was done and the amazing story that the filmmakers captured. Such a good story of transcending darkness into a peaceful warrior. I would love to see other films ny these filmmakers!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very rewarding to watch! April 1, 2010
I read about this video in Tricycle and immediately was interested in it as I have lived in Thailand for a while. It is so refreshing to see something different like this about Buddhism. Well worth buying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie January 24, 2011
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This is one of the best documentaries on Buddhism and orphanages I have ever seen. I saw it at a film festival when it first came out a few years and have wanted to see it again. It is almost impossible to find, but finally coming out mainstream. Wonderful story and incredible cinematography.
I saved up for a long time, and have watched it about 5 times since I got it two weeks ago. Definitely worth the investment.
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