Directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji
Starring Sharab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Keldan Lhamo Gurung, Kunzang Wangdi
Ugyen, an aspiring musician in the capital of Bhutan, dreams of getting a visa to relocate to Australia. However his lack of motivation as a young teacher in the nation of ‘Gross National Happiness’ calls for him to be exiled to the most remote school in the world, in a nomadic yak herding village called Lunana. An arduous 8-day trek from the nearest bus stop, Ugyen soon finds himself far away from his Westernised comforts with the daunting task of teaching the village children with no electricity, text books, or even a blackboard. Together with the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers and its heart-warming children, Ugyen learns to engage with tradition, songs – and a yak called Norbu.
A charming, authentic, and visually stunning first feature. Bhutanese director Pawo Choying Dorji assembled his cast from real villagers, most of whom had never seen a film, let alone acted before. Shot on-location at the real Lunana, the production was limited by using equipment and resources that could be easily carried alongside the Himalayan glaciers.
The first Bhutanese film in history to be nominated for an Oscar,in the category of Best International Feature.
Voted audience favourite at The Chester International Film Festival 2023.