Dogshin Hutagetin Sakhius (1998)

Run Time - 104 min.  |   Countries - Mongolia   |  
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From one of Mongolia's finest directors, Dogshin Hutagetin Sakhius is a remarkable film in lavish period costumes that traces, from birth to death, the life of Ravjaa Khutagt, a 19th century Mongolian priest, "a living Buddha" who exerted a large influence over his country's literature, music, and drama. Having lost his mother at birth, Ravjaa Khutagt is proclaimed the 5th Lord of Gobi and enters a Buddhist temple. In exchange for his son, the father receives fabrics. As an adult, Ravjaa Khutagt gets involved in enlightening artistic activities and influences his disciples, yet his skills do not hinder his religious activities. The sect to which he belongs is more liberal than others and allows marriages for priests. It even lets men and women pray together in the temple. Ravjaa Khutagt's erotic drawings, which are made using live models, often depict men and women bathing naked together and display a humanistic touch. More conservative sects conspire to murder him. After his death, his body changes to a child and then to an infant. The woman who takes his remains in her arms is his mother, whose life ended at his birth. The film was screened at the Fukuoka International Film Festival, 1998 and 4th International Film Festival of Kerala, 1999.



artist, Buddhism, conspiracy, holy, Mongolian [nationality], murder, priest, religion