OCT. 19-20-21. BHUTAN, 2003
TRAVELLERS AND MAGICIANS. Khyentse Norbu. With Neten Choking, Tshewang Dendup, Lhakpa Dorij.
In Dzongkha with English subtitles, N.R, 108 min.
Described as transporting and magical by critic Steven Rea (Philadelphia Inquirer), this wonderful film with beautiful scenes by cinematographer Alan Kozlowski, takes the viewer on a journey across this small country of 2 million inhabitants, located south of Tibet, where there are more monks than soldiers, and where a royal decree declared the Gross National Happiness (and not GDP) as a measure of success. Writer/filmmaker and Tibetan lama Khyentse Norbu makes the complex appear simple. Travellers and Magicians is a philosophical story within a story, as a monk tells a mystical fable of lust, jealousy and murder. It's a cautionary tale about happiness.