A Little Wisdom

Winner—Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award


TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 3:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 5:45 PM
Revue Cinema Sat, May 5, 2018 1:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Religion & Spirituality
South & Southeast Asia
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Yuqi Kang
Producer(s):Yuqi Kang
Maro Chermayeff
Editor(s):Yuqi Kang
Cinematography:Yuqi Kang
Paola Ochoa
Amitabha Joshi
Composer:Drukmo Gyal Dakini
Sound:Yuqi Kang


In the lush mountains of Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha, stands an isolated Buddhist monastery that doubles as an orphanage. Abandoned at a young age, brothers Hopakuli and Chorten are just two of the orphans living in the monastery as novices. In this intimately observed debut feature, director Yuqi Kang spent one year living with the monks. Through her camera, she observes the brothers spending their time climbing trees, telling ghost stories and watching cartoons, while also performing early morning prayers and regimented monastic duties. Kang crafts a fine portrait of two child monks, struggling to balance their austere upbringing with the fantasies of childhood and their longing for family. Aisha Jamal

Co-presented with Filmi: Toronto's South Asian Film Festival.

Additional Information

POV - "More than a Little Wisdom."