BANGKOK A Burmese monk’s conflict between his calling and rapidly changing society will be featured at weekend edition of what’s billed as the only festival bringing independent films from Myanmar.

“The Monk” will headline selections chosen for Thai audiences from Myanmar’s Wathann Film Festival in Bangkok this weekend in a library-arts space just off lower Silom Road.

Among the documentaries, features, shorts, experimental and art films will be The Maw Naing’s coming-of-age film about a young monk torn between the monkhood and a normal life. The 2014 film was one of Myanmar’s first independent films and won several awards at international festivals.

Festival founder Thaiddhi will be present in Bangkok on the first day to talk about film-making in Myanmar.



The two-day mini fest starts at 1pm on March 4 and 5. The schedule is available online.

The Reading Room, located in Soi Silom 19 across from Central Silom, can be reached by motorcycle or taxi from BTS Chong Nonsi or Surasak.