Dir: Pawo Choyning Dorji | Bhutan | 2019 | 109 mins
Cast | Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung, Kunzang Wangdi
An indifferent young teacher, Ugyen (Sherhab Dorji) is assigned to a remote school high in the mountains of Bhutan. It’s gorgeous, but far from where he’d rather be, and a long trek from his home in the capital Thimphu. There’s no phone reception, little electricity and spartan accommodation. But there are a host of bright-eyed children eager to learn, plus new friends to make in the form of Lunana locals Michen (Ugyen Norbu Lhendup), Salden (Kelden Lhamo Gurung), and a number of yaks.
Shot in staggeringly beautiful locations, Pawo Choyning Dorji’s directorial debut (Bhutan’s first-ever Oscars entry for Best International Feature) explores the potential for finding contentment in unexpected places (a concept key to Bhutan, which famously declared Gross National Happiness its most important measure of national success). Balancing gentle humour with life-affirming drama, it’s an irresistibly uplifting tale about the power of a new environment to effect personal transformation.
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