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Part of SFFILM Festival

Sing Me a Song

Directed by Thomas Balmès

France | Documentary | 99

9 Apr
Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Roxie Theater
Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street CA 94103 United States
11 Apr
Sat, Apr 11 at 2:45 pm
SFMOMA Phyllis Wattis Theater


Now 18 and with full access to the internet, the young Bhutanese monk Peyangki from Happiness (Festival 2014), is more interested in video games and girls than in studying and praying. The film also follows Ugyen, a woman who’s been chatting online with Peyangki and is looking for a way out of her narrow life. With a light hand, Balmès’ follow-up to his earlier film demonstrates the disturbing ways in which technology has had an impact on both of these youngsters’ lives and marks a cultural shift for his protagonist and Bhutanese society at large.

“Balmès cunningly and rather magnificently captures fascinating commentary without any heavy-handed, obtrusive sentiments. The meat of this documentary lies in the ways he engages the audience to contemplate bigger-picture questions about modernization and the internet’s positive and negative influences. The manner in which he coaxes out these authentically-manifested ideas is powerful and thought-provoking.” –Courtney Howard, Variety

Director Thomas Balmès

Thomas Balmès is a documentary filmmaker who made his debut in 1996 with Bosnia Hotel. Among his other works are Maharadjah Burger (1997); The Gospel According to the Papuans (Festival 2000), winner of the Festival’s Silver Spire Golden Gate Award in the Film & Video – Society & Cultural International category; A Decent Factory (2004); Babies (2010); and Happiness (Festival 2014).

Film Details

Language Dzongkha, Layap

Year 2019

Runtime 99

Country France/Germany/Switzerland

Director Thomas Balmès

Producer Thomas Balmès

Editor Alex Cardon, Ronan Sinquin

Cinematographer Thomas Balmès

Music Nicolas Rabaeus