KEEPERS OF THE FAITH: THE BUDDHIST NUNS OF SAGAING HILLS

Hiroko Kawanami
Great Britain 1996 | 54 Min. | 16 mm, OmeU
Q&A with:
Hiroko Kawanami

The shoot­ing took place in the Saging Hills in Upper Myan­mar, which is twelve miles west across the Irrawad­dy River from the ancient cap­i­tal Man­dalay. Over 10000 monks and nuns live there, com­pris­ing one of the largest monas­tic com­mu­ni­ties in the world. KEEPERS OF THE FAITH is an inti­mate jour­ney into the reli­gious prac­tices and every­day lives of the people in Myan­mar (Burma) explored through the eyes of Bud­dhist nuns. The nuns stand in-between the reli­gious and the sec­u­lar and play a vital role in medi­at­ing the two worlds. The nun­nery is also an impor­tant meet­ing place, pro­vid­ing solace and sanc­tu­ary to the people who have suf­fered brutal oppres­sion and disruption.