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Panchagavya + The Monk

Panchagavya (Hana Kitasei & Shriya Pilgaonkar, US / India, English / Hindi, 2015)

Age Rating: 12A

15 minutes, European premiere

Regent Street Cinema

Short Documentary

Language: Hindi (with English subtitles) and English

Director: Hana Kitasei, Shriya Pilgaonkar

Producers: Hana Kitasei, Shriya Pilgaonkar

Cinematographer: Hana Kitasei

Music: Ronit Chaterji

Cast: Shriya Pilgaonkar (Narration)


Indians worship the cow as ‘Gau Mata’ or Mother Cow. In Bikaner, Rajasthan, cows graze in the street, with consequences for the health of the cows and of society.

Tickets for this short which includes entry to the main film The Monk should be purchased at the Regent Street Cinema here.

For more information about this short film click here.

To watch the trailer click below:-

PANCHAGAVYA Trailer from Hana Kitasei on Vimeo.

The Monk (The Maw Naing, Myanmar/ Czech Republic, 2014)

Age Rating: 12A

91 minutes, UK premiere

Regent Street Cinema


Language: Burmese with English subtitles

Director: The Maw Naing

Screenwriter: Aung Min

Producers: Vít Janeček

Cinematographer: Tin Win Naing

Cast: Thein Shwe, Kyaw Nyi Thu, Moe San, Han Nawe Nyein

Single film ticket prices: Adults £11; Senior/Student/Unemployed/Associate cardholders £10; Children under 16: £7

Special price for double bills (which includes How to Cross and Mina Walking): Adults £15; Senior/Student/Unemployed/Associate cardholders £13; Children under 16 £10

Regent Street Cinema Members and University of Westminster students and staff have special rates and these can be seen on the Regent Street Cinema website here. 


This Myanmar-Czech co-production is a wonderful coming-of-age portrait of a young monk, Zawana, raised in a monastery in the Burmese countryside, and the relationship between him and his ageing superior who rescued him from the streets, U Dahma, his fellow novices and the neighbouring village community. With the monastery facing severe financial difficulties, the pressure to keep it afloat takes a heavy toll on U Dahma’s health. Already doubting his commitment to a monastic life and attracted by one of the young local girls, Zawana is confronted with the temptation of returning to a more mundane life during a trip to the bright city lights of Yangon when his demanding superior falls seriously ill.

The Maw Niang (b. 1971) is a Burmese poet and filmmaker whose documentary Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing (2012) won several prizes at international film festivals. His feature film debut explores the role of Buddhism in a secular society, and hints at interesting things to come from a country whose cinema is virtually completely unknown overseas.

Tickets for this film (which includes Panchagavya) should be purchased on the Regent Street Cinema website here. Special price for double bills which includes How to Cross and Mina Walking also available.

For more information go to the film’s Facebook page here.

To watch the trailer click below:-

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These films are being screened as part of the Asia House Film Festival 2016. To read about all the films being screened at this year’s Festival click here.

To see all the films being screened at the Regent Street Cinema during the Festival click here.

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February 28, 2016
15:00 - 17:00
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Regent Street Cinema
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