Human Stories 52’ 65’

Himalaya, a Path to the Sky

Kenrap is eight years old. He is a Buddhist monk and lives in the Phukthal monastery on the peaks of the Himalayan mountains of Zanskar. Kenrap chose his life away from his family: when he was five, he remembered he was the reincarnation of a 68 year-old monk, and then decided to return to the monastery where he belonged.


Filmed from the point of view of a subjective camera by a young ethnologist, Himalaya, a Path to the Sky follows this attaching little monk with whom we share moments of intimacy, and gives us a rare glance at Buddhist monastic life.

Direction: Marianne Chaud

Production: ZED, ARTE France & TV5 Monde

Languages: French, Español, Italian, English

awards & festivals

  • International Film Festival of Washington DC (United State)

    Official Selection

  • Etonnants Voyageurs Festival (France)

    Official Selection

  • Académie des César (France)

    César Nomination of Best Documentary

  • Mountain Film Festival of Trento (Italy)

    Grand Prize

  • Val d’Isère Film Festival (France)

    CMC Hope Award

  • Les Diablerets Film Festival (Switzerland)

    Diable d'Or - World Cultures Category - President Prize

see also