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Film recommendation: Act Normal
Recently, I visited Wat Buddhanusorn and ended up spending the majority of the afternoon talking to Phra Mike. As we were talking, he mentioned that a friend of his gave him a DVD about a man from England who ordained as a bhikkhu in Thailand. The film itself was begun when the monk traveled from Thailand to Iceland, and was asked by the Buddhist community there to establish a temple.
This particular individual had the distinction of being the only Buddhist monk to live and work in Iceland, and as such, caught the attention of director Olaf de Fleur and producer Ragnar Santos. The film was made over a ten year period, and it documents one man's journey through life—a journey that is at times humorous and lighthearted, and at others lonely and painful. I highly recommend this film.