Set in an ancient nunnery above the majestic Irrawaddy River, A Thousand Mothers is an unprecedented look at the lives of Buddhist nuns in Sagaing, Myanmar. While the choices available to girls and women there are quite limited, this film poetically reveals the unexpected opportunities offered to them at the nunnery and the deep grace and dignity of a life dedicated to service. Subtitles
Director’s Statement: Kim Shelton
On a Buddhist retreat in Myanmar, I met a young nun. Each morning we quietly walked the monastery gardens, holding hands. I wondered, “who are these women with shaved heads and pink robes?” In making this film, I was deeply moved to discover “a thousand mothers,” a remarkable community of women, living a life of service, kindness, and generosity. May they be an inspiration to you too.