Lunana – a Yak in the Classroom

Sep 27, 2023 - 19:30 - Corn Exchange

  • Director: Pawo Choyning Dorji
  • Year: 2019
  • Country: Bhutan/China
  • Run Time: 109 mins
  • Ratings
  • A: 87
  • B: 26
  • C: 6
  • D: 0
  • E: 0
  • Overall: 92
Lunana – a Yak in the Classroom

A young teacher in modern Bhutan shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, he is sent to the most remote school in the world, a glacial Himalayan village called Lunana. There he finds no phone reception, little electricity and no proper accommodation. However, there is a classroom of bright-eyed children eager to learn, not to mention a number of yaks. Shot in beautiful locations and assisted by superb camerawork, ‘Lunana’ is a delightful debut feature with gentle humour and life-affirming drama, deserving of its nomination as Best International Feature Film at the 2022 Oscars – a first for Bhutan.