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Monks Who Dream Get Beaten

Ernest Gusella

1988, 60:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 063.07

Monks Who Dream Get Beaten is meant to be an enigmatic "visual poem" about Japan and its inhabitants. It questions, describes, evaluates and ponders the future of this society from its past and present circumstances. The work zigs and zags through Japanese culture and history - tossing and turning "stones" looking for clues to better understand this culture.
The title refers to the Zen Monastary practice of Masters beating young monks about the heads and shoulders for dozing off or dreaming when they should be concentrating on their meditation.

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