Film in the land of the Thunder Dragon: A Developing National Cinema in Bhutan
Unlike the film industries of most emerging nations, the national cinema of the Kingdom of Bhutan is in its relative infancy. Cautious to avoid corruption of its conservative Buddhist culture by Western influences, this Himalayan kingdom has only in recent years begun to develop a national cinema in which the Bhutanese culture is being committed to the cinema. Working within the strictures of cultural standards, economic, and technical limitations, filmmakers in Bhutan are producing characteristically native feature films that reflect the character of this land. This paper, based upon recent field research, will examine how Bhutanese cinema is developing under the efforts of artists, entrepreneurs, and religious leaders, even to the point where films from this mountainous land are attracting international attention and acclaim.
Keywords: Cinema, Film, Bhutan, Khyentse Norbu, Dzongkha, Travellers and Magicians
Professor M.E. Kirk
Associate Professor of Mass Media, Department of Mass Media and Communication, Baker University