Six Months to Salvation

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A group of affluent young Australians, all recent graduates of the same Catholic high school, volunteer to teach English in rural Thailand on their gap year. Placed among the Karen hill tribe, an overwhelmingly Christian Indigenous minority in otherwise Buddhist Thailand, they gradually confront the possibility that their presence may be doing more harm than good. Directed by the only non-white volunteer, “Six Months to Salvation” is a self-reflexive documentary not only about whether ‘voluntourism’ is a modern form of colonialism, but the spiritual struggle to find meaning in one’s mission.

Director: Lorenzo Benitez

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