Lunana: A Yak In the Classroom

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom


Direction: Pawo Choyning Dorji
Scenario: Pawo Choyning Dorji
Director of Photography: Jigme Tenzing
Montage: Ku Hsiao-Yun
Music: Duu-Chih Tu
Country of production: Bhutan
Runtime: 109 min
Production Year: 2019
Language: Dzonga
Subtitles: English


Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung, Pema Zam

*Courtesy of the Children's and Youth Film Archive of Neaniko Plano


A young teacher in modern Bhutan, Ugyen, neglects his duties as he prepares to leave for Australia to become a singer. His superiors, in the form of punishment, send him to complete his service at the most remote school in the world, in the village of Lunana. After eight days of grueling hiking just to reach the village, he realizes he has to say goodbye to his western-style comforts.


Pawo Choyning Dorji

Pawo Choyning Dorji is a writer, photographer and filmmaker from the Kingdom of Bhutan. He entered the field of cinema in 2012, when he worked as an assistant to Khyentse Norbu in his film "Vara: A Blessing". In 2016, he produced the critically acclaimed Bhutanese feature film "Hema Hema: Sing me a song while I wait", which had its world premiere at the 69th Locarno Film Festival and later won a Special Mention at the Toronto International Film Festival. "Lunana, A Yak in the Classroom" is his directorial debut.