Via the Edmonton Journal…
Movie preview: Edmonton filmmaker explores diversity in Brothers in the Buddha
EDMONTON – When Beth Wishart MacKenzie taught world religion at the University of Alberta, she visited a local Buddhist monastery and decided a film about an aspiring monk could educate Edmontonians about the diversity within.
Her locally shot and produced film, Brothers in the Buddha, follows Michael Nguyen, then age 17, as he goes between meditations at the Truc Lam Monastery on 97th Street and 113th Avenue and chemistry classes and basketball games at McNally High School in Forest Heights.
Wishart MacKenzie’s film explores how Nguyen knew he wanted to become a monk and wear yellow robes at age five, eventually moving from Toronto to Edmonton at age 10 to study under Thay (or Master) Phap Hoa.
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