Camped overnight outside the centre of Buddhism in Russia,

We asked the deputy head guy of the whole place if it would be possible to film the next morning’s prayers inside one of the temple. It was a long shot but we’d been doing a lot of filming around the Buryatia region and wanted to continue this. It took us a while to track the man down, going from house to house, pointing out to a passing monk a dead dog being eaten by some evidently hungry ones. Of course, the boss said no when we finally asked him but only after asking us whether the Russian Orthodox monastery, that we had visited a week before, had allowed us to film inside their church – damn, we hadn’t even thought of asking them.

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