Man holding a skull in a forest; camera in foreground capturing him in a robe garb.

The Monk


A prominent Danish scientist abandons his career and family to spend the rest of his life in Buddhist meditation on a Sri Lankan mountaintop. But rifts gradually emerge in this seemingly idyllic tale of rejection of Western society.

Jan previously headed a team of Danish researchers developing a cure for HIV. One day he decides to burn all his bridges, become a Buddhist monk and take on a new name and identity. Two documentarists join him in his humble Sri Lankan house to film his portrait, but the project encounters complications. The filmmakers later meet Jan’s son Thor, who decides to find answers to the questions surrounding his father’s disappearance. Together, they gradually discover that not all suffering in the world can by cured by a radical change.

Bio Oko, Františka Křížka 460/15, Praha 7

Mira Jargil, Director
Christian Sønderby Jepsen, Director
Lea Petříková, Moderator

Evald, Národní 28, Praha 1


Kino Pilotů – Cinema Hall A, Donská 168/189, Praha 10

TitleThe Monk
Original TitleMunken
Original LanguageDanish, English
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginDenmark, Netherlands
Length90 min.
Tags Lifestyle, Spirituality, Europe
Director Mira Jargil, Christian Sønderby Jepsen

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