37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

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Shot on solar powered batteries on location at the world’s most remote school, director Pawo Choyning Dorji’s heartwarming film is proof that sometimes we find what we seek in the place we least expect it. Ugyen has one more year of service to earn his teaching degree and pursue his dreams of musical stardom in Australia. When he is sent to this Himalayan outpost, the students (played by the school’s real students) teach him that finding true fulfillment can be a two-way street. Introduction by Samhita Sunya (UVA)

This is a foreign-language film presented with English subtitles.

This film is part of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Sidebar supported by the UVA Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and the UVA Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures.


Sunday, October 31


11:00 AM


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Film Info

Director: Pawo Choyning Dorji

Runtime: 110 min.

Year: 2019

Country: Bhutan

Language: Dzongkha

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup.