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  • Peyangki looks at the lights of the city.

    Peyangki looks at the lights of the city.

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

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

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  • Peyangki , winter in Laya

    Peyangki , winter in Laya

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

    Peyangki 's sits 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 play music in the monastery.

    Leki and Peyangki play 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