The image that captured the world
“Flames were coming from a human being; his body was slowly withering and shrivelling up, his head blackening and charring. In the air was the smell of burning human flesh.
“I was too shocked to cry, too confused to take notes or ask questions, too bewildered to even think … As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound”.
These are the testimonial words of the journalist that witnessed Thich Quang Duc, a vietnamese monk , who in 1965 set himself on fire in protest against the persecution of the South Vietnamese government towards his people.
John F. Kennedy said in a public speech that “No news picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as this one.” Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. In recent years this form of protest has seen a drastic increase in Tibet, where waves of people have self immolated in protest against China’s totalitarian rule.
Based on real life accounts, this film tells the story of a Tibetan Buddhist monk who, like Thich Quang Duc 60 years before him, decides to burn for the freedom of his country.