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Lunana: the preview clip of the Oscar-nominated Bhutanese film

It is a film of rare poetry and beauty Lunana: The village at the end of the world, the film directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji which finally hits theaters on March 31st. The film, which represented Bhutan in the category of best international title at the Oscars, is the story of Ugyen, a young teacher from modern Bhutan who shirks his duties by dreaming of moving to Australia to become a singer. As a rebuke, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, in a village called Lunana, to complete his service. After an 8-day journey of walking, Ugyen finds himself far from all the comforts he took for granted, confronting a country that seems literally outside the magic circle in which he grew up.


In Lunana, in fact, there is no electricity, no textbooks, and not even a blackboard. Although poor, the villagers reserve a warm welcome to their new teacher, even if Ugyen will face the daunting task of teaching children without any teaching tools available. using only his strength of mind and his passion for the trade. The film, distributed in Italy by Officine UBU, sees in the cast, among others, Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup and Kelden Lhamo Gurung as well as the precious collaboration of the inhabitants of the village of Lunana, who welcomed the news of a film shot in their country, built along the Himalayas, on the border of Bhutan and Tibet, as a small blessing.

A behind-the-scenes scene from Lunana

The production was not easy, given that, due to the absence of electricity and network connections, it all depended on solar energy. The participation of the villagers, many of whom had never seen the world outside of Lunana, was, however, humanly incredible, and led the crew to create a tale of humanity where and the happiness the nerve center of everything. Bhutan, after all, is called the land of happiness, and a little sobering the fact that such a pure feeling resides in a fragment of land where the money and technologies that seem so necessary to live have never existed.

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