VENERABLE MAE CHEE SANSANEE STHIRASUTA, a former top Thai model, abandons material success, becomes a Buddhist nun and creates an oasis and refuge for women in the middle of bustling Bangkok.
The film introduces Ven. Mae Chee Sansanee, revered as the Spiritual Leader of Thailand, through archival footage produced for TV5, France in 1997, History Channel Asia in 2009 and on location interviews. It features Sathira Dhammasathan, the center she transformed from a barren plot of land to beautiful tree-covered haven in Bangkok.
The two women and young girl featured are representative of the thousands of women whose lives have been saved and transformed through the love, compassion and wisdom of Ven. Mae Chee Sansanee.
Sande Zeig directed and produced five films including the short CENTRAL PARK, which premiered at Sundance in 1994; a feature THE GIRL, based on a short story by French writer Monique Wittig in 2001, which premiered at Toronto and Berlin; the documentary SOUL MASTERS: DR. GUO & DR. SHA, released in 2008; APACHE 8, a documentary about Apache women firefighters, broadcast on PBS in 2011; and SISTER JAGUAR’S JOURNEY completed in 2015, which tells the story of a Dominican nun who finds peace and forgiveness through plant medicine in the Amazon rainforest.
Zeig was the Founder and President of Artistic License Films, a film distribution company that distributed over a hundred films including films by Ismail Merchant, Michel Negroponte, Jim Stark, Kore-eda Hirakazu, Theo Angelopoulos, Fridrick Thor Fridriksson, and Jeanne Jordan and Steve Ascher.
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