Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Sing Me a Song (2020)

Peyangki is a teenage Buddhist monk living in a Bhutanese monastery. Rather than the traditional way of life, he is fascinated by his smartphone and especially by his girlfriend Ugyen, who he met through WeChat. Peyangki collects money in order to travel to meet Ugyen for the first time. But Ugyen has secrets, which threaten to come to light when they meet.

Peyangki’s home village Laya was one of the last places in the world to get electricity and the internet ten years ago. Director Thomas Balmès was present to film the events for his previous film Happiness (DocPoint 2014). In the film, he followed then 8-year-old Peyangki, already living in the monastery, for whom the world of technology was completely new.

The look into Peyangki’s life ten years later shows how fast and radical the shift brought on by technology has been. Balmès’s profound documentary, filled with beautiful images, tells the story of technology infiltrating a culture that for so long was shielded from it.

Inari Ylinen

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Film Title : Sing Me a Song
Language : dzongkha, layakha
Director : Thomas Balmès
Year : 2019
Length : 99
Age limit : S
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Thomas Balmès
Editing : Alex Cardon, Ronan Sinquin
Producer : Thomas Balmès
Production Company : TBC Productions, Participant Media, zero one film, Close Up Films, ARTE France Cinéma, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse

Screenings :
Mon 27.1. at 17.00, Orion
Fri 31.1. at 20.30, Maxim 1, followed by a Q&A with director Thomas Balmès
Sat 1.2. at 16.15, Orion, followed by a Q&A with director Thomas Balmès