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

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Year: 2019
Country: BHUTAN
Language: Bhutanese
Run Time: 109 minutes

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Filled with restlessness and dissatisfaction, Ugyen has big dreams of moving from Bhutan to Australia to pursue a career in singing. The only obstacle in the way of Ugyen’s ambitions is his teaching contract with the Bhutanese government. With just one year left in his agreement, Ugyen is sent to teach at a school in the village of Lunana, which is not only the most remote school in Bhutan, but also possibly the most remote school in the world. After a multi-day trek entirely uphill, Ugyen finally arrives in the small village, homesick and resentful of his mandatory job. But once Ugyen sees how grateful the people of Lunana are to have a teacher, and how eager the children are to learn, he begins to have a change of heart. Not only does Ugyen dedicate himself as a teacher in the community, he also experiences the opportunity to unplug and connect with his cultural roots and traditions—something he hasn’t been able to do in his big city life. A beautiful story of growth, grounding, and transformation, LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM follows Ugyen on his journey to find fulfillment. (In Bhutanese with subtitles) — G.S.

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Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

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