Monk With a Camera

2014

Monk With a Camera

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MONK WITH A CAMERA chronicles the life and spiritual quest of Nicholas (Nicky) Vreeland, who for the past twenty-eight years has been a Tibetan Buddhist monk. The son of a United States Ambassador, grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, and a photographer by trade, Nicky left his privileged life behind to follow his true calling. He moved to India, cutting his ties with society, photography, and his pleasure-filled world, to live in a monastery with no running water or electricity. There he would spend the next 14 years studying to become a monk. Then in one of life's beautiful twists, Nicky went back to the worldly pursuit of photography in order to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery, one of the most important of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. His journey from being a photographer to becoming a monk and, most recently, to being appointed as the abbot of the monastery he helped to rebuild, are the core of the story.(C) Official Site

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  • [Not] just the biography of a remarkable man, but a revealing meditation on the relationship between spirituality and art.

    Jan 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately the documentary falls short of explaining why Vreeland not only made his choice but maintained it.

    Dec 11, 2014 | Full Review…
  • An engrossing documentary about a privileged young American who leaves fashion photography to become a Buddhist monk in India, then returns to photography to provide some crucial help to his monastery.

    Nov 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This superficial movie plays like a fashion shoot with robes.

    Nov 20, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Buried beneath the admiring encomia and ritual spectacle that clog the pores of this maddeningly tactful film is a tantalizing glimpse into the personal and institutional mechanics of Tibetan Buddhism.

    Nov 20, 2014 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

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  • Like a good photograph, or a wise abbot, it only presents the evidence and allows us to arrive at truth.

    Nov 18, 2014 | Full Review…

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