A Little Wisdom

A Little Wisdom is director Yuqi Kang’s intimately observed portrait of orphaned monks living in an isolated monastery in Lumbini, Nepal. In the birthplace of the Buddha, we follow the daily routine of novice monk Hopakuli, and his older brother Chorten, left by their mother at Karma Samtenling Monastery. Kang lived at the monastery for a year prior to filming Hopakuli, Chorten and the other young monks. A Little Wisdom’s subtle rhythms and symbols evoke Buddhist teachings while showing the contradictions between Hopakuli’s austere monastic upbringing and a child’s natural fascination and longing for the world beyond Lumbini.

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Yuqi Kang




Director: Yuqi Kang
Producer: Yuqi Kang, Maro Chermayeff, Amitabh Joshi, Riga Shakya
Cinematographer: Yuqi Kang, Amitabh Joshi, Paola Ochoa
Editor: Yuqi Kang
Production Designer: Wenting Wu
Sound Designer: Yuqi Kang
Music: Martin Zaulich, Drukmo Gyal Dakini
Principal Cast: Richen Sherpa, Chorten Sherpa, Sherpa Wangchuk
Additional Credits: Story consultant: Alan Berliner, Editing consultant: Donna Shepherd, Project cooridinator: Poon Watchara-Amphaiwan, Producer’s Representative: Sean Farnel


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Year: 2017
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Global
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: Canada
Language: Nepali
Runtime: 91:42 mins