Ub Lama # 116

Ub Lama

11:15, Friday 14th June, CMB 1&2

rai 116 ub-lama

  • Director/Anthropologist: Egle Vertelyte, Renatas Berniunas
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Country of Production: UK/Mongolia/Lithuania
  • Location: Mongolia
  • Language: Mongolian/Tibetan (English, French, Italian, Lithuanian)

A problematic 12 year-old Mongolian kid Galbadrakh (Galaa), who has no father, tries to survive in a ger (Mongolian tent/house) district by selling goods on the black market and skipping  school. However, one day his mother decides that Galaa should try becoming a lama, a Buddhist monk. This becomes the boy’s dream and plan of survival. Galaa visits Pethub, one of the most disciplined Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia, and tries to be accepted. In order to achieve his aim, he needs to study hard, get permission from different high lamas and pass through complicated bureaucracy of the monastery. Will he succeed?

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