Born into relative wealth (the best tent in the village), Milarepa (Jamyang Lodro) and his mother suffer terribly when his beloved father dies and greedy relatives steal the family's wealth, leaving the young boy with no inheritance. By the time he's a teen, he's living in despair, helping his mother scratch a small barley harvest out of a useless field. Meanwhile, his gambling uncle has squandered all the money, his evil aunt is adorned in jewels that belong to him, and none of the other villagers choose to come to their aid.
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The first film to come out of the mysterious and beautiful kingdom of Bhutan, Travellers follows a frustrated and America-obsessed government officer Dondup (Tshewang Dendup) as he tries to leave his village and make contact with a connection who will get him to America, his "dreamland," a place where "you can do anything... wash dishes, pick apples, anything." Clomping through the hillside village with an "I Love NY" t-shirt pulled over his traditional garments, he's extremely impatient to leave. Unfortunately, Dondup misses the infrequent bus to town -- a very unlucky circumstance in transportation-starved Bhutan -- and finds himself walking and hitching with his turquoise suitcase hoping he'll make it in time.
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