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The Next Guardian

Hungary, Bhutan, 2017


A love-filled portrait of a family in Bhutan. The daughter wants be a soccer pro, while the son has doubts about becoming a monk.

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The Next Guardian Directed by Dorottya Zurbo, Arun Bhattarai

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  • Allison Rung's rating of the film The Next Guardian

    SFIFF 2018. This film surprised me—I thought it would illustrate how social media corrupts Bhutanese teens to the point of destroying their ability to carry on age-old traditions. But it instead made a more nuanced portrait of particular (and sometimes peculiar) dynamics of a single, monastery-dwelling family, admirably avoiding both mysticism and the easy criticism of technology I had expected.

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