DIRECTION: Arun Bhattarai
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Phuntsho Tshering, Arun Bhattarai
PRODUCTION: Arun Bhattarai
EDITING: Norbu Gyelpo, Pema Choden
MUSIC: Andor Sperling
In Bhutan, 11-year-old Yangchen’s father is the country’s glacier specialist, and thus the only person authorized to climb the sacred mountains. We follow Yangchen’s daily life at school and at home, where she prays that her father won’t disturb the snow lion, the mythical embodiment of the glacier. But the biggest threat to the snow lion’s survival is not Yangchen’s father, but climate change.
He is one of the few independent documentary filmmakers in Bhutan. Graduated from the first edition of DocNomads Joint Master in documentary, he premiered his first feature-length documentary The Next Guardian at IDFA 2017. His most recent television documentary, Kelden won The Asia Pitch. The project of Mountain Man won the Best Pitch Prize at IDFA. Currently working on his second feature documentary Gross National Happiness, recently awarded with a Sundance Film Institute fund.