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A village in Bhutan is connected to electricity for the first time. A monk searches for a TV, depicting the bittersweet seduction of technology.
- Independent Lens
- Premiere Date
- November 17, 2014
- 60 minutes
- Funding Initiative
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Peyangki, a 9-year-old monk, has never before left his Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas, where the nearest road is a three-day walk. When connected to electricity for the first time, he treks to the nearest city in search of a television, in a story of the bittersweet seduction of technology and progress.