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The marvelous Monk With a Camera examines the paradox of fame and humility.
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Monk with a Camera

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.

Played at

Royal, 1.31.15 - 2.01.15
Claremont 5, 12.13.14 - 12.14.14
Playhouse 7, 12.13.14 - 12.14.14
Rated NR
Genre: Bio-pic, Documentary
Runtime: 90 min
Language: English
FEATURED REVIEW: David Noh, Film Journal International
Every life is a journey, but few have spanned so many intensely contrasting worlds as that of Nicholas Vreeland. The son of an American diplomat and the grandson of fashion's ultimate doyenne, Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, he was raised in an international life of privilege and elegan...