TITLE (POLISH TITLE): MONK OF THE SEA (MNICH Z MORZA)
DIRECTED BY: Rafał Skalski
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2016
RUNNING TIME:68 min.
Rafał Sakalski’s documentary tells a story of coming of age in the Thai culture. A young Bangkok citizen, who lives a promiscuous life, decides to become a temporary Buddhist monk. This is where his hedonistic habits meet the ascetic traditions.
In Thailand 70% of men decide to temporarily join a monastery. According to the tradition, every genuine Thai ought to become a monk even for a few days. The film depicts the influence which the experience had on the documentary’s subject, and observes whether it has changed his previous habits and lifestyle.