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Lunana: A Yak In The Classroom TOP


Ugyen returns the next day better prepared to teach, and improvises a solution to the lack of a blackboard by writing directly on the wall with charcoal. Michen later constructs a makeshift blackboard for him. Ugyen slowly makes improvements to the classroom, including sacrificing the paper covering his windows when the children run out of writing material. He quickly becomes a favorite of the children, performing songs on his guitar and teaching them math, English and Dzongkha. They are sad when they learn that Ugyen plans to leave when winter comes and will not return.




Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom


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A disillusioned schoolteacher is transferred to the most remote school in the world, cut off from modern life deep in the Himalayan glaciers. In a classroom with no electricity or even a blackboard, he finds himself with only a yak and a song that echoes through the mountains.


Another major similarity that I found involves one of the most heart-touching moments as the teacher take his students out of their classroom to learn outside. The mood is joyful where games are played, songs are sung and memories are made. Here I found similarity in the theme, scene, framing as well as the mood.


At the end of Lunana, the movie shows the desolate scene after the teacher leaves where the classroom is once again empty and cold, the blackboard untouched and the chairs unoccupied. It seems to borrow from the end of School Among Glaciers where this scene is also portrayed.


Despite being greeted by the entire village upon his arrival after a physically exhausting journey, Ugyen feels isolated. He is shocked to find that his room is spartan with no running water or electricity; for heat he needs to burn yak dung. His classroom doesn't even have a blackboard, and supplies for the children are limited. He tells the village chief, Asha (Kunzang Wangdi) that he wants to return home as soon as possible.


During the trek to the village, his companions, Michen (Ugyen Norbu Lhendup) and Singye (Tshering Doril), made offerings on the mountain pass for their safe journey. Now Ugyen brings his own gifts to the village, having his guitar sent so he can sing with the children, and getting teaching supplies for the classroom. In turn, Saldon brings him one of the village yaks, Norbu (meaning "wish fulfilling jewel"), to keep inside the school so he won't have to gather dung in the fields.


A disillusioned schoolteacher is transferred to the most remote school in the world, cut off from modern life deep in the Himalayan glaciers. In a classroom with no electricity or even a blackboard, he finds himself with only a yak and a song that echoes through the mountains. [Samuel Goldwyn Films]Starring: Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung, Pem Zam, Sangay Lham, Chimi DemDirector: Pawo Choyning DorjiLanguages: English, Dzongkha Genre(s): Drama, Family*This film has not been evaluated by the MPAA


When a daydreaming but discontented young teacher is posted to Lunana, a remote village high in the Himalayan mountains, he is disheartened to find a simple yak herding community lacking basic amenities such as electricity or even a blackboard in its school classroom. But the enthusiasm of his young students and the unassuming warmth of the village folk buoy his spirits and he must decide whether to return to the city before the gruelling winter sets in or remain in this strange and captivating land. 041b061a72


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