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The Davidson Film Club Presents “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom”

by | Apr 20, 2023

The Davidson Film Club is pleased to invite you to a screening and discussion of the Oscar-nominated Bhutanese film, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, on Saturday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Armour Street Theatre.

“Absorbing and magical, it’s a movie which will reward those who have patience with a near-total immersion in a parallel universe.” Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post

Directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji
Bhutan (2019,1h50)
In Dzonghha with English subtitles

Discussion of the film will be led by Dr. Rachel Pang, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Davidson College, specialist in South Asian countries.

Masks will be available at the door.

Walk-ins are welcome, $9 at the door, cash or check (no credit cards). Walk-ins must apply for a seat in advance at [email protected]. Walk-in seats are limited by availability.

Refreshments (red and white wine, bottled water, and snacks) will be made available by the Film Club.

Film Summary:

A young teacher in modern Bhutan, Ugyen, shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, a glacial Himalayan village called Lunana, to complete his service. He finds himself exiled from his Westernized comforts after an arduous 8-day trek on foot just to get there—where he finds no electricity, no textbooks, not even a blackboard.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 98%!  

Nominated for Oscar for Best International Feature Film (Bhutan). Winner of multiple Best Film and Audience Awards at IFFs all over the world.

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is a simple story with a big heart — and a reminder of film’s ability to communicate universal truths across international borders.” Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus

“There are lots of gently beautiful moments in ­Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, the first film from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to be nominated for an Oscar.” Stephen Romei, The Australian

“A reminder of how cinema can connect us to what matters most in life, sharing a specific story from a part of the world most of us will never experience, but zoning in on matters of the heart that resonate in a universal way.” Ronda Racha Penrice, TheWrap

“Endearing and uplifting, a simple tale from the country that measures national productivity in a happiness index, this is both an armchair traveler’s trek through spectacular Bhutanese wilderness and a journey of self-discovery.” Jane Frebury

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Hope that many of you will be at the April 22 screening of this unusual and heart-warming film!

Alan Singerman
President, Davidson Film Club
[email protected]
(704) 231-6736

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