Ray travels to Chiangmai, Thailand on a mission to become a Buddhist monk. One day during his preparation days before the ceremony, two street kids steal his bag in an Internet cafe. Ray’s attempt to retrieve his the bag leads him to a discovery of the true meaning of life and what it really means to become enlightened.
Length: 25 minutes
Premiere: New York
Tanon Sattarujawong, a native of Thailand, graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His films This’s Connected? and Alternate Route won best short film and best documentary film at Thailand’s National Film Award 2000 respectively. His short documentary A Short Journey won FIPRESCI Special Mention at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2003, and Enlightenment won 1st Prize and Best Directing at NYU First Run Film Festival 2004. He has also received a prestigious scholarship from Anandamahidol Foundation, a two-year scholarship from World Studio Foundation, and Thesis film award from Fuji Film 2003. Currently, he is developing his first feature, Common Ground.