Oscars Best International Feature Film (Nominee)

In LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM a young teacher in modern Bhutan, Ugyen (Sherab Dorji ), shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors exile him to the most remote school in the world, in a village called Lunana.

After an arduous 8 day trek Ugyen soon finds himself far from his Westernised comforts. In Lunana he finds no electricity, no textbooks, not even a blackboard. Though poor, the villagers extend a warm welcome to their new teacher, but he faces the daunting task of teaching the village children without any supplies. He wants to quit and go home, but he begins to learn of the hardship in the lives of the beautiful children he teaches, and begins to be transformed through the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers.

  • "A beautiful, subtle, unmissable film"
    - New Internationalist
  • "Gloriously filmed on staggeringly beautiful locations"
    - Variety
  • "A breath of fresh air"
    - Ang Lee
Cast: Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Pem Zam
Director: Pawo Choyning Dorji
Language: Dzongkha, English
Subtitles: English
Certificate: PG
Running Time: 109 mins
Year: 2019