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“Der Tiger und der Mönch”

Harald Pokieser 51 min

Thursday, 08. Nov. 2007 from 14:00 in Grazer Congress - Grüner Saal       

Wat Pa Luangta Bua is a monastery of meditation, far away from any civilization, about 200 kilometres west of Bangkok, a place full of silence, peace and harmony. Every afternoon, the same ritual can be observed: nonchalant Buddhist monks take their ten 3-5 year old tigers out on a leash for a walk through the bordering region of Burma. They dote upon their tigers, feed them and celebrate them as their most sacred animal. The temple of the monks in the forest of Sai Yok was declared a tiger reserve area by the Thai government. This documentary portrays the harmonious relationship between predators and humans without disregarding the monks’ maxim that “a tiger will always be a tiger, even if it feeds from the hand. A tiger is a wild animal.”