USA, 2019 – COMPETITION SHORT
WRITER/DIR: Andrew Krakower
PROD: Andrew Krakower, COPROD: Michael Eisenbach
CAST: Dawa Dorjee, Konchok Rangdol
The money earned by 11-year-olds Sonam and Tashi for doing prayers is only enough to share one small Coke. Sonam is lucky to even get a sip before Tashi, the monastery bully, drinks the entire bottle. Yarne is an annual six-week period when Buddhist monks remain within the monastery grounds for focused study and practice, yet for child monks, it’s more like house arrest. Tired of wasting his money, Sonam decides to save up every rupee he earns during Yarne to buy a soccer ball, but first he will have to stand up to Tashi.