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NOTE: This film is playing only in theaters. 

$15 TICKETS  ($12 for members)

Date: April 17th, 2022 @ 7:30PM

Venue: Austin Film Society

6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX

Texas Premiere

Lunana: A Yak In The Classroom

Bhutan  I 109  mins I Drama, Family I 2019

Dzhongka w/ English subtitles

2022 Academy Award Nominee for 'Best International Feature'

A reluctant young teacher, Ugyen, finds himself assigned to the world’s most remote village school. Situated in Northern Bhutan, Lunana is an 8-day trek into the Himalayas - an alienating experience for the city-dwelling Ugyen, who plans to move to Australia to pursue music as soon as possible. 


He arrives to find a welcoming community amid the beautiful but forbidding surroundings - and an especially eager student body, whose access to teachers and materials from outside has been inconsistent. Filmed using cameras operating on solar-powered batteries, and starring primarily villagers from the real Lunana in child & adult roles,  this charming drama transports us to a rarely seen part of the globe.

"irresistibly entertaining and uplifting."

- Variety

"a crowd-pleaser in stunning, mostly unseen locations" 

- Los Angeles Times

About the Artist

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Pawo Choyning Dorji is a writer, photographer and filmmaker from the Kingdom of Bhutan. As a photographer, Dorji has contributed to publications such as VICE, Esquire, and Life.


His introduction to film came in 2012, when he worked as filmmaker Khyentse Norbu's assistant on feature Vara – A Blessing. He then produced the critically acclaimed 2016 feature Hema Hema – Sing me a song while I wait. That film premiered at the 69th Locarno Festival and won Special Mention at the Toronto Int'l Film Festival.


Lunana – A Yak in the Classroom is his feature directorial debut. In 2022, the film became Bhutan's first Oscar Nominee, with it's nomination in the prestigious "Best International Feature' category. 



Thank you to our community partner for this screening!




Writer/Director:        Pawo Choyning Dorji                       

Producer(s):            Pawo Choyning Dorji

                                  Steven Xiang

                                  Stephanie Lai

                                  Honglin Jia


Sherab Dorji

Ugyen Norbu Lhendup

Kelden Lhamo Gurung

Pem Zam

Sangay Lham

Chimi Dem


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