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Directed by: Pawo Chonying Dorji 2020 | 45 min.

Section: Film For Thought


Languages: English



Sponsored by:

Hawaii Council for the Humanities

Missed the Conversation? Watch the discussion HERE via the HIFF Facebook Page. 

As part of HIFF's 2020 Film For Thought Program presented by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, join us for a special Conversation With Director Pawo Chonying Dorji director of LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM. This humanities focused discussion will be moderated by Simon Tajiri musician, filmmaker, and teacher of Hawaiian culture and language at Lānaʻi High and Elementary School.

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CLICK HERE to read a companion essay by teacher Simon Tajiri.

About Pawo Chonying Dorji

Pawo Choyning Dorji is a photographer and film maker from the Kingdom of Bhutan. As a photographer, Pawo has had several photography exhibitions, the most recent being ‘The Light of the Moon’. A five year photography project that took him through the ancient silk roads that cut through the deserts of central China, the Hindukush and Karakoram mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan and tropical plains of India, all to tell forgotten stories of the revival of Buddhism. 

Pawo was the Producer of the film HEMA HEMA: SING ME A SONG WHILE I WAIT. The film had its World Premiere at the 69th Festival del film Locarno, and won the Special Mention for the Platform Competitions at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM is his directorial debut. The solar powered film shot in location at the world’s most remote school won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film and the Best of the Fest award at the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival, and has become Bhutan’s only second submission to the 2021 Academy Awards.

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Cast & Crew

Moderator Simon Tajiri
Director Pawo Chonying Dorji
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