Drama - Completed 2014

Four young monks in a remote monastery in Myanmar, alone after their master leaves, must fend for themselves... as a series of events threaten to unravel their understanding of this world and beyond.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Other
    • Duration
    • 101 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Brian PERKINS
    • Writer(s)
    • Brian PERKINS
    • Producer(s)
    • Brian PERKINS (Bank & Shoal )
    • Synopsis
    • GOLDEN KINGDOM is a narrative feature film about four orphan boys, novice monks living in a Buddhist monastery in a remote part of Northeast Burma. The head monk departs on a long journey from which he may never return, leaving the boys alone in the middle of the forest. Once the boys are on their own, strange, magical occurrences begin to pass. Orphan WITAZARA realizes he must protect the three other boys throughout this series of bizarre events, which threaten to unravel the fabric of the young monks’ reality. Burma’s Buddhist monasteries have long been a refuge for children orphaned by natural disaster, communal violence, and disease. The monks also take in boys whose impoverished parents do not have the means to sustain them with sufficient clothing, food and shelter. These boys become novice monks at the monastery. The older monks raise and educate these boys, and the local villagers keep the orphans fed with alms. It is this world that the story of GOLDEN KINGDOM inhabits and brings to life on the screen. After a military coup in 1962, the country of Burma, then Southeast Asia’s wealthiest, a glittering jewel of sophistication and treasure, became synonymous with corruption, poverty, repression and violence. Only within the past two years have the first political and economic reforms begun. Throughout these decades of turmoil, the Buddhist monks have remained a prominent feature in society. The monasteries serve a vital function in a society that has seen over 50 years of continuous civil war and military misrule. Filmed on location in the Shan State of Burma, GOLDEN KINGDOM is the first narrative film shot by foreigners in Burma, also known as Myanmar, since its recent opening to the outside world. As such, the film not only entertains, but also gives audiences a gripping view onto day-to-day life in a land that is transforming by the moment.