THE DIRECTOR

My name is Diana Frankovic, I'm a Berlin-based radio presenter and filmmaker.

For over a decade, I've been working as a radio presenter for public service broadcasters (ARD), first with "Fritz" (rbb) and since 2014 with Cosmo (WDR), where I host the afternoon show. As a reporter (including 1Live from WDR) I have been reporting from all over the world, such as Asia, South America and Australia. My first Art House documentary "The Sad Monk" received more than ten awards from international film and art festivals, such as „Best Documentary“ at the Roma Creative Contest 2016 in Italy, the Van Gogh Award for World Directing at the Amsterdam Film Festival 2017, and was also nominated for the China Academy Awards for Documentary Film. So far my debut film has been screened in more than 25 countries.

When it comes to my artistic work, I'm focusing on spirituality, connected to time and space and Asia. What inspires me most are people and music from different cultures.

The Sad Monk is one of these stories. 

THE FILM

In Western culture, when we find ourselves in crisis, it's natural to question our existence and the meaning of life. We are suffering; we want to change. Eastern philosophies, yoga and meditation are keys to happiness, or so preach the countless Western adherents of these far Eastern practices. Buddhism is one path to enlightenment.

Following this path to Nepal we meet the young Tibetan buddhist monk, Tenzin, representative of a new generation, who is grappling with recognisable questions of modern life. 

The insights we garner from observing Tenzin unveil universal human flaw: the obsessive pursuit of happiness. The Sad Monk takes a look underneath the surface of a distinct and idealised environment; the holistic upbringing and rhythm of life in the monasteries of Nepal.