Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

A teacher struggling for inspiration travels to the most remote school in the world. It takes being so far away to understand the importance of his work... and to appreciate the value of yak dung!

Dir-Scr Pawo Choyning Dorji
Prod Pawo Choyning Dorji, Steven Xiang, Stephanie Lai, Honglin Jia
With Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung
Sales Films Boutique
With English subtitles

Struggling with his chosen profession, Ugyen is disappointed to learn that in his final year of training he’ll be sent to Lunana, in northern Bhutan – a staggering seven-day walk from the nearest drop off point. The high altitude and lack of amenities finds Ugyen wanting to leave almost as soon as he arrives. But the local children welcome him and try to win him over. But they don’t have long – he must decide whether to stay or go before the punishing winter reaches this glacial part of the Himalayas. Filmed using cameras operating on solar-powered batteries, this is a charming drama that gives insight into a part of the world rarely seen on the screen.

Justin Johnson

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Pawo Choyning Dorji, director; Stephanie Lai, producer; Kelden Lhamo Gurung, cast; Sherab Dorji, cast; Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, cast.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can’t guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Additional information

Suitable for age 8+.

Subtitled in English. An actor will read out the subtitles via headphones for younger audiences.

Tickets for the additional screening are on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.