Bullfrog Films
26 minutes
Closed Captioned

Study Guide
Grades 6-12, College, Adult

Directed by Robbie Hart and Luc Côté
Produced by Adobe Foundations

DVD Purchase $79, Rent $45

US Release Date: 1994
Copyright Date: 1994
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-837-6
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-612-7

Asian Studies
Developing World
Multicultural Studies

Awards and Festivals
Prix Gemeau, Best Editing, Academy of Canadian Cinema & TV
Finalist, Hawaii International Film Festival
Turning 16 Series
The Story of Sonam

A Tibetan boy in India tries to reconcile religious faith and cultural distractions.

"Remarkable young people's programming." The Ottawa Citizen

Do teens believe in God? Sonam Puljor has been a Tibetan Buddhist monk since he was eight. While he leads a monastic life, he's developed a taste for sports, magazines and video games. Will he keep his monk's robes?

An episode in the 8-part series that explores whether there is such a thing as a global teenager. The series focuses on the lives of six teens in six different countries and examines the major issues facing young people everywhere.

Other titles in the series are:

Youth & The Global Village - How much do teens have in common worldwide?

The Story of Rosie - Teen pregnancy in Jamaica.

The Story of Idrissa - Cultural values conflict with consumerism for a boy in Africa.

The Story of Eman - A Cairo girl's struggle to attain higher education.

The Story of Pintinho - A young Brazilian athlete hopes soccer will be his ticket out of poverty.

The Story of Puttinan - A determined Thai girl has experienced the hardship of child labor.

Youth & the Future - Teens worldwide consider their futures. What impact will Western culture have?

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/t167.html

"Great for introducing teens to their international peers."


"Asks all the right questions, placing fundamental human (and adolescent) concerns in an edifying-and sometimes troubling-global context."
Wilson Library Bulletin

"Remarkable young people's programming...It is at once celebration, consciousness-raising, and conscience-challenging...Each episode offers a vibrant profile from the country being spotlighted."
The Ottawa Citizen

"The films we have chosen...will be useful for stimulating conversations in the anthropology courses we teach on Africa and Asia."
Ann Prewitt and Karen Kane, Education Dept., American Museum of Natural History