‘Find what you seek, in a place you never expected’
A young teacher in modern Bhutan, Ugyen, shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, in a village called Lunana, to complete his service. He finds himself exiled from his Westernized comforts after an arduous 8 day trek just to get there. There he finds no electricity, no textbooks, not even a blackboard. Though poor, the villagers extend a warm welcome to their new teacher, but he faces the daunting tas...
Start Sales Date
29 Jul 2022, 9am
29 Jul 2022, 10am
Performed in Dzongkha, with English subtitles
Approximately 1 hours 49 mins, no intermission
- Rating: PG
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Pawo Choyning Dorji (Director & Writer)
Pawo Choyning Doriji is a writer, photographer and filmmaker from the Kingdom of Bhutan. Pawo's introduction to film came in 2012 when he worked as Khyentse Norbu's assistant for the latter's feature; Vara: A Blessing. In 2016 he produced the critically acclaimed Bhutanese feature Hema Hema: Sing me a song While I Wait.
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is his Directorial debut.
Director’s Note on Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
Pursuit of Happiness:
Being the nation of ‘Gross National Happiness’, Bhutan is supposedly the world’s happiest country. But what does it really entail to be happy? For that matter are the Bhutanese really that happy? Ironically many Bhutanese leave Bhutan, the land of happiness, to seek their own version of ‘happiness’ in the modern glittering cities of the west.
With Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, I wanted to tell a story where Ugyen, the young protagonist of the story also wishes to go in search of his happiness. However he is sent on another journey… he reluctantly goes into a world that is unlike the modern world in every aspect. Along this journey he realizes what we so desperately seek in the outer material world, actually always exists within us, and that happiness is not really a destination but the journey.