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  • Peyangki is looking at the lights of the city.

    Peyangki is looking at the lights of the city.

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  • Little monk Pyangki and his mother, at their home in Laya in the Himalaya, Bhutan.

    Little monk Pyangki and his mother, at their home in Laya in the Himalaya, Bhutan.

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  • Pyangki , winter in Laya.

    Pyangki , winter in Laya.

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  • Peyangki 's sitting on a rock, ready to jump, with landscape behind him.

    Peyangki 's sitting on a rock, ready to jump, with landscape behind him.

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  • Little monk Peyangki plays on the rooftop and is ready to jump.

    Little monk Peyangki plays on the rooftop and is ready to jump.

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  • Leki and Peyangki are playing music in the monastery.

    Leki and Peyangki are playing music in the monastery.

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  • Thomas Balmes, Director/Producer.

    Thomas Balmes, Director/Producer.

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  • Kaarle Aho, Producer.

    Kaarle Aho, Producer.

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The Film

Pyanki is a 9-year-old monk living in Laya, a Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas. The nearest road is a three-day walk distant, and Pyanki has never even left his village. In 2012, however, the world will come to him: Laya will at long last be connected to electricity, and the first television will flicker on before Pyanki's eyes. He will have access to 46 television stations for 13 hours every day. How will these images shape a child so isolated from commerce, materialism, and celebrity?

The Filmmakers

  1. Thomas BalmesDirector/Producer
  2. Patrick WinocourProducer
  3. Juliette GuigonProducer
  4. Kaarle AhoProducer