RANGOON COCOON (excerpt)
There are about 450.000 permanent Buddhist monks and nuns in Burma. Nuns are called Tilashins : they actually wear rose robes but they do live according to the same rules than the monks, heads shaved.
Typically, they wake up at 4.30 am, leave the monastery and start begging for food. 7 am : Silent Breakfast. Then: meditation, cleaning and washing. Then again : begging for food. 11 am : Silent Lunch. After 12 am : no one is allowed to eat any food of any sort. Afternoons are usually dedicated to reciting Sutras, teaching and learning Dharma. The day always ends after night meditation.
In this unusual monastery nearby Mandalay, the community or the “Sangha” is made of 200 Tilashins who live together in a huge, empty, unfinished building. Under permanent construction, this strange entity - half building half being - conveys a poetic sense of impermanence.
Grey Emptiness, Rose Mindfulness or vice versa?
SYNOPSIS : Burma is a land of creation, innovation, inspiration. A cocoon where a thousand metamorphoses take place and a thousand butterflies take flight. Filmmaker Anne Murat and photographer Brice Richard captured a glimpse of that little known side of Burma. Through 66 interviews and portraits of social, intellectual, religious and artistic pioneers, they bring forth the image of a country not chained to the past, but soaring toward the future.
VIDEO : Anne Murat
PHOTO : Brice Richard
WEBSITE : rangooncocoon.com
GENRE : Documentary
CAMERA : Sony HVR-A1
SOUND : Neumann KMR-81
IMAGE FORMAT : HDV
LANGUAGES : Burmese, English, Spanish
SUBTITILES : French, English
SOUND : Stereo 2.0