Documentary 74 min, HD, 2017

The Next Guardian
Director: Dorottya Zurbó – Arun Bhattarai
Producer: Julianna Ugrin
Co-producer: Arun Bhattarai
Executive producer: Laetitia Schoofs
Director of Photography: Arun Bhattarai
Editor: Károly Szalai
Sound mixer: Rudolf Várhegyi
Music: Ádám Balázs

Zsigmond Vilmos Film Festival: Best Documentary, 2018
Bhutan Film Association: Best Documentary, 2018
In a remote village in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, Gyembo (16) and his sister Tashi (15) aimlessly roam while their father meticulously polishes the ancient relics inside the altar of their private monastery. This family has been taking care of the temple from one generation to the next for thousands of years. Unlike their father whose life revolves around the monastery, Gyembo and Tashi have grown up with desires that go beyond the confines of this sacred place. While Gyembo wants to become a footballer he is the only confidante for Tashi who identifies herself as a boy. Following tradition, the father wants Gyembo to carry on the family heritage. He genuinely believes that the only way for Gyembo to accumulate good Karma is to leave school and dedicate his life towards religion. This film explores the irony of two generations with contrasting dreams living alongside each other. The outcome of the generation gap is a bittersweet story of a family caught in a time clash.
Supported by:
  • IDFA Bertha Fund
  • KRO-NCRV (they need the orange version)
  • Dare to Dream Asia (they have 4 logos: Dream Asia, In-Docs, STEPS, Ford Foundation, all of them on drive)
  • Bhutan Film Trust
  • CineCrowd
  • 4Cut
  • Post Office Films
The film was developed and pitched:
  • AIDC Factory
  • Crossing Borders
  • DunaDOCK
  • Esodoc
  • IDFAcademy
  • Tokyo Docs
World Sales:
Syndicado Film Sales
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