Friday, February 23, 2007

Price of Knowledge

Price of Knowledge, 2000 35 min
Documentary
Written and Directed by Ugyen Dorji
Ugetsu Communications

Day by day, 11 year old Sherab Dorji walks three hours to school. In the early morning he meets the other children of his village at a chorten, a Buddhist shrine. From there, they walk to school together singing. The road leads across a mountain and through the woods. The parents are constantly afraid of their children meeting up with wild animals along the path. When Sherab walks the last part by himself in the evening, he prays aloud to fight his fear. They walk so much, his father says, that their socks tear within a week. Sherab's family depends on subsistence farming. The mother and sister especially work very hard. They stay out at night protecting their crops against wild boars. Thus Yonten Gi Kawa depicts life in rural Bhutan.

Awards (San Francisco International Film Festival, 2000)

1. Documentary
2. Certificate of Merit (Film And Video) - Society And Culture International

7 comments:

Drupsta said...

the movie is available at youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=kotadaza

cineylens said...

hey, thanks for the link...will embed the clip soon...:)

by the way, you got nice clips at youtube. hope you won't mind my using them without permission...

drupsta said...

No I dont mind, Youtube is all about sharing video clips, cheers!

cineylens said...

thanks again for the videos...:) cheers...

erm, what is playing at our ramshakled theatre at the moment if you are around thimphu? i will be glad if you could send me the sypnosis or a anything...tried looking at kuensel and bhutantimes.bt, but seem to be disinterested in publishing film reviews...wish i were in thimphu...

cheers...and good day to you...:)

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

yonten gi kawa is nowhere to be found here... please help.


Sherab Zangpo said...

I'm the main character of yonten gi kawa, the boy named sherab dorji was me...currently working as an engineer by profession