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Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom(ལུང་ནག་ན)

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Bhutan, China
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2019

1h 49m

Director Pawo Choyning Dorji
Starring Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Keldon Lhamo Gurung, Pem Zam

Genre Drama

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A teacher with one year left on his contract is sent to the most remote school in the world. At first, he’s less than thrilled, but in Lunana, a remote village in Bhutan, he begins to understand the importance of his work, and the power of the nation’s philosophy of “gross national happiness.”

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70

Los Angeles Times by Carlos Aguilar

Opening the doors to a land and people most Westerners know little about, the director crafts a crowd-pleaser in stunning, mostly unseen locations whose charms weather even its most idealistically patriotic and overly saccharine notes.
80

Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

The film is a fable, to be sure, and one that unfolds at a leisurely pace, not a tough-minded psychological drama. But it’s sharp-witted as well as soulful, reasonably suspenseful.

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