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Ugyen Dorji is an aspiring singer who lives with his grandmother in Bhutan's capital city and dreams of getting a visa to move to Australia. But first, he must finish his government service, and his next assignment is to teach at a school in the most remote village in the Himalayas. As he acclimates to life without cell phone service and other modern luxuries, he bonds with the locals and learns to appreciate the value of yak dung in this charming fish-out-of-water story. Shot on location in the actual village of Lunana with local children and villagers, this was Bhutan's official film submission to the Academy Awards this year.


Presented by The Baum Jackson Investment Group Charitable Foundation

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    110 minutes
  • Language
    Dzongkha
  • Country
    Bhutan
  • Director
    Pawo Choyning Dorji
  • Screenwriter
    Pawo Choyning Dorji
  • Producer
    Stephanie Lai, Jia Honglin, Pawo Choyning Dorji, Steven Xiang
  • Cast
    Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Garung, Pem Zam
  • Cinematographer
    Jigme Tenzing
  • Editor
    Hsiao-Yun Ku
  • Production Design
    Tshering Dorji