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SEA Documentary Film Festival 2016 – Lost in the Mists of Time

 Length: 60min

Year : 2016

Filmmaker:  Dr Martin Seeger

Country:  UK/Thailand

Based on his long-term research on the remarkable life and literary work of Khunying Damrongthammasan (1882-1944), together with a Thai team, Dr Seeger has produced a 60 minute documentary film that will be shown to the public for the first time. This film is about the wrongful authorship attribution of an important Buddhist treatise, which was formerly believed to have been written by one of Thailand’s most famous and influential monks.

Dr Seeger and his Thai colleague have recently demonstrated that this treatise was in fact authored by the hitherto little-known devout Buddhist woman, Khunying Damrongthammasan (Yai Wisetsiri). The film tells the story of Khunying Yai’s inspiring Buddhist practice and her Buddhist texts, which are widely regarded as masterpieces of Buddhist scholarship.

About the filmmaker:

Dr. Martin Seeger is Associate Professor of Thai Studies at the University of Leeds. From 1997 to 2000 he was ordained as a Buddhist monk in northern Thailand and earned his MA and doctorate in Thai Studies at the University of Hamburg. He has undertaken research on the biographies and veneration of Thai female Buddhist practitioners, Thai Buddhism and environmentalism, Human Rights in Thai Theravada Buddhism and development monks in the northeastern region of Thailand.