Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

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Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Asian Frontiers
Spotlight: 2020 Vision
Culture & Society
Family Drama
Family Friendly
Release Year:2019
Runtime:109 min
Festivals & Awards:Palm Springs International Film Festival - Best of the Fest Audience Award and Best Narrative Featur
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Films Boutique
Director:Pawo Choyning Dorji
Producer:Pawo Choyning Dorji
Steven Xiang
Stephanie Lai & Jia Honglin
Cinematographer:Jigme Tenzing
Screenwriter:Pawo Choyning Dorji
Editor:Ku Hsiao-Yun
Principal Cast:Sherab Dorji
Ugyen Norbu Lhendup
Kelden Lhamo Gurung
Pema Zam


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Poor Ugyen. A twenty-something man living in Thimphu, he yearns to move to Australia and pursue his dream of singing. But first he must finish a year of government-sponsored teaching in the most remote part of the country.

Considered to be “the happiest country in the world”, Bhutan can feel like being trapped in paradise to its residents, and Ugyen fits that to a T. An urbanite forced to teach rural kids, he’s frustrated and bored, stuck in a village that is a good week’s walk from any town. But the childrens’ joy is infectious, and soon the gorgeous landscape, the slowly changing seasons, and the heartfelt traditions begin to make Ugyen realize that perhaps he’s not trapped, but blessed to be in such a loving place. Visually striking, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is a delightful first feature from Pawo Choyning Dorji.

Director Biography

Pawo Choyning Dorji

Pawo Choyning Dorji is a photographer from Bhutan. He has published two books of photography and has been working for the Khyentse Labrang, a foundation dedicated to preserving “Buddhism as a living tradition”. Lunana is his first feature.


"With its stunning images, feel-good characters, charming actors and a good pinch of Buddhist karma and critique of Western restlessness, “Lunana: a Yak in the Classroom” has all the ingredients of a crowd-pleaser" - Asian Movie Pulse