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Lunana, A Yak in the Classroom

Feel-good movie about a young teacher from Bhutan who encounters himself when he is sent to a school in a remote and primitive mountain village in the Himalayas.

Please note that this film is in Dzongkha and English, with Dutch subtitles.
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Bhutan’s first-ever Academy Award nominee for Best International Feature is a comedy drama set in the country’s picturesque Himalayan highlands. Ugyen is a disillusioned schoolteacher and aspiring musician in Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu. With one year left in his current teaching contract, he is eager to cut out for Australia in pursuit of a singing career when he is abruptly reassigned to the village of Lunana, and the most remote school in the country (if not the entire world). With no electricity let alone a blackboard to work with, Ugyen is nonetheless presented with the chance for a new connection to music, and an unexpected sense of purpose within the community’s embrace.

LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM is much more than a typical fish-out-of-water lark. With photographer-turned-filmmaker Dorji’s gentle storytelling and his eye for the sweeping, pastoral Eastern Himalayan landscapes, this debut feature is a visually stunning, affirming, heartwarming contemplation on belonging.

Pawo Choyning Dorji, Bhutan, 2020, 110 min. Dzongkha & English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Sherab Dorji, Kunzang Wangdi, Pem Zam, Kelden Lhamo Gurung.
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