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LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM

Directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji
Kingdom of Bhutan
109 minutes
All Ages
Beautifully shot in the high-altitude peaks of the Himalayas, this charming film from Bhutan follows a reluctant young teacher who is assigned to work at the world’s most remote school.
Sunday, June 20th 2021, 11:00 am

SELECTED: Berlinale 2020 
WINNER: Audience Award, Palm Springs International Festival 2020

Beautifully shot in the high-altitude peaks of the Himalayas, this charming film from Bhutan follows a reluctant young teacher who is assigned to work at the world’s most remote school.

Shot with solar powered batteries in the Himalayan village of Lunana (population 56), this glorious directorial debut takes place in one of the most secluded and undeveloped areas of the entire world. Ugyen is an aspiring singer living in Bhutan’s capital. He dreams of moving to Australia but first he must finish his final year of teaching service. Slacking on his duties, he is punished by being assigned to “the world’s most remote school”. After an eight-day trek, Ugyen reaches the high-altitude village with more yak dung than people, few amenities, and a bunch of eager-to-learn kids who’ve never seen a car. He’s determined to leave as soon as he can despite the local community’s warm welcome. As winter approaches, he slowly succumbs to the charm of the community and its traditions.

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Films showing at this event:

Bama (Short Film)
After the first day of private school in the city, a young aboriginal boy reflects on his fear of losing the magic of family and community after being so far away from them.

Tickets

Sun 20 June
11am
Greater Union Cinemas Wollongong
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Classification
All Ages
Country
Kingdom of Bhutan
Language
In Dzongkha with English subtitles
Director
Pawo Choyning Dorji
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