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SING ME A SONG at 2020 AFI DOCS Virtual Festival

Returning ten years later to the remote mountainside village where he once encountered precocious but dedicated eight-year-old Tibetan monk Peyangki, documentarian Thomas Balmès (BABIES, HAPPINESS) discovers that much has changed. The roads leading into Laya are now paved and, beyond the television Peyangki once longed for, the young monks now scroll mindlessly through their phones while chanting their prayers. Now 18 years old, our subject texts his girlfriend, a bar singer who lives in the city, his devotion to her having supplanted that of his religious studies. Balmès’ beautiful observational portrait is a remarkable opportunity to explore both the positive and negative repercussions that modernization and technological access has on a community.
Following the film, watch a recorded discussion with director Thomas Balmès.

Available June 21 for 24 hours, beginning at 12:01am EST. More info here

Director: Thomas Balmès
Producer: Thomas Balmès
Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann
Running Time: 99 min

AFI DOCS Virtual Festival 2020 runs June 17–21 with films available to view on DOCS.AFI.com.

The lineup features 59 films from 11 countries and 11 virtual World Premieres, with 61% of the films directed by women, 25% by POC directors and 14% by LGBTQ directors. The 18th edition of the festival will present films in the following sections: Special Presentations, Feature Films, Cinema’s Legacy, Episodic and Short Film sections

Passes to AFI DOCS 2020 are now available to AFI members and the public at DOCS.AFI.com/passes To become an AFI member, visit AFI.com/join.