Four orphan boys, all novice monks, live in a Buddhist monastery in the remote mountains of Northeast Myanmar. The head monk departs on a long journey from which he may never return. Once the boys are on their own, magical phenomena begins to occur. Witazara, the eldest of the four realises he must protect the other boys, as the peculiar events threaten to unravel the fabric of the young monks’ reality. Shot entirely in Myanmar with non-actors, this surreal coming-of-age story unfolds from a forgotten part of the world where there is neither electricity nor telephone. Merged with elements of ethnographic documentary, Golden Kingdom opens insights into a previously unseen Myanmar that is transforming by the moment.
Brian Perkins, a film maker, has travelled extensively through the remote parts of Asia and India. After creating a network of relationships in the monasteries and villages of Myanmar - picking up conversational Burmese along the way -- he was in a unique position to bring Golden Kingdom to audiences. While a graduate student at University of California, Berkeley, Brian received the Eisner Prize in Film and Video, and was recipient of numerous acknowledgements during his studies at New York University. Born in 1980 in Portland, Oregon, USA, Brian currently lives in Berlin and across Asia. Golden Kingdom is Brian’s debut feature film