Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

(Chang Hup The Gi Tril Nung)

Year: 2003
Country: BHUTAN
Language: Dzongkha
Run Time: 107 minutes

A Buddhist road movie combining ancient legend with a humorous look at the contemporary world, TRAVELLERS AND MAGICIANS is set in the pristine, breathtaking landscape of Bhutan, a small Buddhist nation fairly untouched by the rest of the world. The story follows a young government officer, Dondup, who is stationed in a rural outpost. He believes, however, that if he could leave Bhutan for the west, he will be happy. His secret plans to move, however, go slightly awry, and he ends up on the road with a Buddhist monk, an apple seller, and a father and daughter. To pass the night, the monk tells the tale of Tashi, a lazy student of sorcery who also dreams of greener pastures in distant lands. No doubt there is a lesson here, since it was written and directed by an important lama, a.k.a. His Eminence Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche.

Khyentse Norbu

Khyentse Norbu

Malcolm Watson, Raymond Steiner

Alan Kozlowski

John Scott, Lisa-Anne Morris

Principal Cast
Tshewang Dendup, Lhakpa Dorji, Sonam Kinga, Sonam Lhamo, Deki Yangzom, Gomchen Penjore

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