Tells the story of a young man (Tsewang Dandup) who wants to leave behind his country with its quaint ways and simple joys to find a glamorous new life in America. He shares his journey across Bhutan with a group of travellers, including a monk (Sonam Kinga), who annoys him with irritating truths hidden in a mystical story of magic, desire and murder. 

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Travellers and Magicians is a Buddhist tale of parallel lives. In the Himalayan Mountains a young government officer Dondup, played by Tshewang Dendup, resists the status quo and dreams of a better life in America. When granted permission to travel to a religious festival, he makes his escape. Along the way, he meets a monk who tells him the story of a magician, and that's where Dondup's true journey begins, with the magician's tale becoming like a film within a film.

This spectacular road movie is the first feature shot entirely in Bhutan, with most of the roles performed by local people. It's quiet, contemplative pace and gentle humour transport you to a world of simple beauty, largely untouched by Western culture.

 

Watch 'Travellers and Magicians'

Monday 27 April, 5:45pm (now streaming at SBS On Demand)

PG
Bhutan, 2003
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: Dzongkha
Director: Khyentse Norbu
Starring: Tshewang Dendup, Gup Kado Duba, Dasho Kado
What's it about?
Tells the story of a young man (Tsewang Dandup) who wants to leave behind his country with its quaint ways and simple joys to find a glamorous new life in America. He shares his journey across Bhutan with a group of travellers, including a monk (Sonam Kinga), who annoys him with irritating truths hidden in a mystical story of magic, desire and murder. 

Details

PG
1 hour 48 min
In Cinemas 01 January 1970,
Thu, 01/01/1970 - 20

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