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Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom


Rated: 7.4
Run time: 110 min
Director: Pawo Choyning Dorji
Actors: Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung, Pem Zam, Sangay Lham, Chimi Dem, Oriana Chen, Tashi Dema, Dophu, Tshering Dorji, Art Finch, Dorji Om, Tandin Sonam, Sonam Tashi, Kunzang Wangdi, Tshering Zangmo, Tsheri Zom
Year: 2019


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, a glacial Himalayan 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 task of teaching the village children without any supplies. He wants to quit and go home, but he begins to learn of the hardship in the lives of the beautiful children he teaches, and begins to be transformed through the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers.