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Travellers and magicians - Tsewang Dandup, Sonam Lhamo, Sonam Kinga, Khyentse Norbu

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Movie propaganda

The bitter and the sweet of temporary things

Khyentse Norbu's follow-up to his audience favourite The Cup is the first feature film ever shot in the tiny kingdom of Bhutan. One of Himalayan Buddhism's most revered lamas, Khyentse (aka Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche) weaves parallel fable-like tales about two men who seek to escape their mundane lives in Travellers and magicians.

Young government official Dondup dreams of escaping to America while stuck in a ravishingly beautiful but isolated village. When the first chance arrives, he immediately heads for town and an awaiting visa, but things don't go quite as planned. Missing the bus, he hitch-hikes with an elderly apple seller, a sage young monk, and an old man travelling with his beautiful daughter Sonam.

Along the way, the perceptive yet mischievous monk tells Dondup a story of another young man who sought a land far away: a tale of lust, jealousy and murder that holds up a mirror to the restless Dondup and his blossoming attraction to the innocent Sonam. Travellers and magicians is a magical mixture of rustic road movie and mystical fable... a pot-pourri of desire and its consequences, set in a breathtaking landscape.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Bhutan Buddhism lama

Persons of interest

  • Tsewang Dandup .... Dondup
  • Sonam Lhamo .... Sonam
  • Lhakpa Dorji .... Tashi
  • Deki Yangzom .... Deki
  • Sonam Kinga .... The Monk
  • Namgay Dorjee .... Karma
  • Jigme Drukpa .... Phunsok
  • Karma .... Tenzin Wangmo
  • Tshoki Lham .... Nidup Lham
  • Tandin Norbu .... Sonam Norbu
  • Khandu Om .... Ugyen Dorji
  • Gomchen Penjore .... Agay
  • Sithay Pern .... Phub Dern
  • Ugyen Pern .... Tobgayla
  • Dophu Tashi .... Nim Buthri
  • Kezang Wangmo .... Pelzang
  • Kinzang Wangmo .... Thinley Dern
  • Sangay Wangmo .... Phub Gyem
  • Taza Wangmo .... Phuchu Dern
  • Dorji Zam .... Gangchu
  • Norbu Zangmo .... Pem Dorji
  • Khyentse Norbu .... Screenwriter
  • Khyentse Norbu .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

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Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: Dzongkha
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Special features:
    • Trailers: Upcoming releases
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

108 minutes (1:48 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 28 September 2005
VHS rental: 28 September 2005

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