Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan) directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji and Gay Chorus Deep South (USA), directed by David Charles Rodrigues are the winners of the Audience Awards at the 31st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF).
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan), Director Pawo Choyning Dorji. This uplifting and visually awe-inspiring crowd-pleaser was filmed on location at more than 16,000 feet in one of the most remote villages in Bhutan. There, a young displaced teacher is taught his own life lessons from the happy and kind locals.
Audience Award for Best Documentary: Gay Chorus Deep South (USA), Director David Charles Rodrigues. Spreading a message of tolerance, The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks upon a high-risk tour of the Deep South in this moving documentary. The music is rousing, the personal stories poignant, as both the singers and the Southerners find their stereotypes challenged.