Angry Monk

1hr 37min | 2006
Gendun Choephel (1903-1951) is a legendary figure in Tibet, not simply because he was believed to be the reincarnation of a famous Buddhist lama but also because this promising young monk eventually turned his back on monastic life and became a fierce critic of his country's religious conservatism, cultural isolationism and reactionary government. After leaving the monastery in 1934, and fueled by his intellectual curiosity and free-spirited nature, Choephel began extensive travels throughout Tibet and India in order to understand the true political history of his country.

ANGRY MONK provides both a personal and political portrait of this pioneering and visionary intellectual who was also a smoking, drinking and sexually active man who renounced the "false duty of monastic obligations." The film traces the biography and historic times of Choephel, who lived between the British colonial invasion of 1903 and the occupation by the Chinese army in 1951.

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Carlos Smith
Carlos Smith
March 20, 2014
A
Jennie Salva
Jennie Salva
February 8, 2014
A+
Matthew Wildhaber
Matthew Wildhaber
December 12, 2013
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Michael D
Michael D
October 4, 2013
B+
Rob Machalek
Rob Machalek
August 8, 2013
A
Edward Harris
Edward Harris
July 2, 2013
A
Great glimpse of a monk who blazed his own trail.