Zeitgeist Films | Travellers & Magicians
Khyentse Norbu
Film Info
108 mins
In Dzongkha with English subtitles
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby SR/SRD
Rating: Not Rated

Khyentse Norbu’s follow-up to his audience favorite THE CUP is the first feature film ever shot in the tiny kingdom of Bhutan. One of Himalayan Buddhism’s most revered lamas, Khyentse (aka Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche) weaves parallel fable-like tales about two men who seek to escape their mundane lives in TRAVELLERS & MAGICIANS.

Young government official Dondup dreams of escaping to America while stuck in a ravishingly beautiful but isolated village. When the first chance arrives, he immediately heads for town and an awaiting visa, but things don't go quite as planned. Missing the bus, he hitchhikes with an elderly apple seller, a sage young monk, and an old man travelling with his beautiful daughter Sonam.

Along the way, the perceptive yet mischievous monk tells Dondup a story of another young man who sought a land far away: a tale of lust, jealousy and murder that holds up a mirror to the restless Dondup and his blossoming attraction to the innocent Sonam.

TRAVELLERS & MAGICIANS is a magical mixture of rustic road movie and mystical fable...a potpourri of desire and its consequences, set in a breathtaking landscape.


Websites, articles, books and videos

Filmmakers' official website

All about Bhutan


"Why is Everyone Going to Bhutan?
- The New York Times

Mystic Lands video about Bhutan

Beyond the Sky and Earth - a Journey into Bhutan

Bhutan - the world's largest published book


Khyentse Foundation

Rubin Museum of Art

Asia Society of Northern California

San Francisco Zen Center

Asian Cinevision

Tibet House

OC Dharma

Santa Monica Karma Kagyu Study Group


International Buddhist Film Festival

Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley

Asian Religions & Cultures, Stanford University