BHUTAN SPECIAL

PRICE OF LETTER
DIRECTOR: UGYEN WANGDI
RUNNING TIME: 68 MIN, LANGUAGE: DZONGKHA
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” applies most vividly to the four day trek postal runner Ugen Tenzin takes to reach Bhutan’s capital every month.

Ugyen Wangdi’s 2004 film about a postal service at high altitude won the Diane Seligman Award for best documentary at the Brooklyn International Film Festival 2005. Premi Speciali, (Special Award) Trento Film Festival 2005. Jury Special Award La Festival International Du Festival, D’Environment 2004 Paris. Planet Infocus 2006 Mark Haslam Award Toronto 2012 Grand Prize 20th Festival Tokyo Global Environment Film.

86 CENTIMETRES
DIRECTOR: TSHERING GYELTSHEN &
PETER JAN VAN DER BURGH
RUNNING TIME: 39 MIN, LANGUAGE: DZONGKHA & ENGLISH
Bhutan is facing the indisputable effects of global warming; meltiing ice is weakening the wall of the Himalayan glacial lakes.

350 men and women walked 9 days up to Lunana, high in the Himalayan Mountains, the home of the gods and spirits. They put up camp from three months and manually dug an outlet to reduce the volume of the water in the Thorthormi glacial lake and thus prevent the late from bursting.

CHOICE IS OURS
DIRECTOR: LODAY CHOPHEL
RUNNING TIME: 6 MIN, LANGUAGE: DZONGKHA & ENGLISH
A young boy learns in school about the immortality of plastic. Haunted by this reality, he decides to take matters into his own hands, and affect change in his own life and his family’s.

 

YAK HERDER’S SON
DIRECTOR: TENZIN PHUNTSHO & BHUTAN FOUNDATION
RUNNING TIME: 25 MIN, LANGUAGE: DZONGKHA
A ranger from the capitol city of Bhutan returns to the mountains to capture the beauty of the Himalayas and runs into a young Yak Herder’s son (a boy as old as his own son). Tenzin Phuntsho, the ranger takes us through a journey in the mountains of Bhutan as he tries to understand the young boy. Somehow they are both affected by the rare snow leopard, but in different ways.

ELC SAYS NO TO PACKAGED FOOD
DIRECTORS: TECHERS OF EARLY LEARNING CENTRE, THIMPHU
RUNNING TIME: 4 MIN, LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
This documentary was inspired by the Design for Change (DFC) School Challenge initiative for which ELC is the country partner in Bhutan. In just under 3 years, we’ve managedto get 17 DFC partner schools both in the urban and rural communities. This number is expected to grow as DFC goes nationwide.