“Balmès cunningly and rather magnificently captures fascinating commentary without any heavy-handed, obtrusive sentiments…. Powerful and thought-provoking.” (Variety)
A decade ago, filmmaker Thomas Balmès (Happiness, Babies) focused his lens on a Buddhist boy named Peyangki who lived in a monastery in Bhutan’s stunning mountains. The boy confided to the camera his hopes and fears about the arrival of electricity there. Now, 10 years later, as the Internet has taken hold in Bhutan, Balmès documents technology’s transformative impact on Peyangki, who now owns—and is transfixed by—a smartphone, along with the rest of his friends within the Buddhist monastery. With beautiful cinematography, nuance, and humanity, the film bears witness to the addictive effects of technology in the remote Himalayas while providing a fresh lens through which to examine its meaning in our own lives.