Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is the story of a young teacher from the capital of Bhutan who is set on a path of self-discovery when he is sent away to the remote mountain village of Lunana. He finds himself in a situation that is primitive compared to the more ‘Western’ comforts he is used to. The Himalayan village has no electricity, no textbooks, and a severe lack of luxury supplies. Through the warmth and generosity of the villagers, he becomes a changed man that learns to treasure the experience he initially feared.
Fittingly, the entire film was shot with the use of solar batteries, because Lunana actually hosts the world’s most remote school and cannot provide the electricity a regular film shoot requires. Behind the scenes the film crew went through a parallel situation as the main character, which might explain the endearing and loving portrayal of this remarkable place.
Pawo Choyning DORJI shows off multiple skills with this debut film that he also wrote and produced. As a Bhutanese filmmaker on the international market he is a rare feat. He popped onto the international film community’s radar after producing Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait (2016), which finally placed Bhutan on the filmmaking map.