LUNANA : A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM

ASIAN PERSPECTIVES

(FEATURES)

 DIRECTED BY PAWO CHOYNING DORJI

109 Minutes| Fiction | DCP | Colour | o.v. Dzongkha | sub. English | Bhutan, 2019

SCHEDULE

22 NOV | DAY |  16:10 | Studio 4

SYNOPSIS

“A journey in finding home and yourself”

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom was shot on location in the world’s most remote school, the Lunana School; which is located in the Himalayan glaciers, an 8-day trek from the nearest motor able road. Due to the remoteness and lack of facilities of the principal location, the film was shot on solar energy. The film features local highlanders, many of whom had never seen the modern world outside their village, in leading roles.

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 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

“Sebuah petualangan dalam menemukan rumah dan diri sendiri”

Syuting film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom mengambil tempat di sebuah sekolah paling terpencil di dunia, Lunana School; berlokasi di wilayah gletser Himalaya, 8 hari perjalanan dari jalan terdekat yang paling bisa dijangkau. Karena lokasinya yang terpencil dan kurangnya fasilitas di lokasi utama, film ini diambil menggunakan energi matahari. Film ini mengikutsertakan orang-orang pegunungan, yang mana banyak dari mereka belum pernah melihat dunia modern di luar desa mereka, sebagai para pemain utama.

Seorang guru muda di Bhutan modern, Ugyen, meninggalkan tugas-tugasnya sementara ia berencana pergi ke Australia untuk menjadi seorang penyanyi. Sebagai bentuk teguran, para atasannya mengirimnya ke sekolah paling terpencil di dunia, sebuah desa bernama Lunana, untuk menyelesaikan tugasnya. Ia menyadari bahwa dirinya diasingkan dari kenyamanan Barat-nya setelah perjalanan 8 hari yang begitu sulit hanya untuk sampai ke sana. Di tempat itu tak ada listrik, buku-buku pelajaran, bahkan papan tulis. Walaupun miskin, para warga desa menyambut sang guru baru dengan hangat, namun ia menghadapi sebuah tugas menakutkan yang tak lain adalah mengajar anak-anak di desa tanpa perlengkapan apapun. Ia ingin berhenti dan pulang, tetapi ia mulai belajar tentang kesulitan dalam kehidupan para bocah yang ia ajar, dan mulai diubah melalui kekuatan spiritual yang luar biasa dari para warga desa.

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DIRECTOR’S FILMOGRAPHY

PAWO CHOYNING DORJI

(Bhutan, 1983)

 

 

2019

LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM

2016

HEMA HEMA: SING ME A SONG WHILE I WAIT (as Producer)

– World Premiere, 69th Festival del film Locarno

– Special Mention, Platforms Competition, 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Canada

Production Company

Dangphu Dingphu: a 3 pigs Production

 

Contact:

Pawo Choyning Dorji : choyning.dorji@gmail.com