Filmfest 2019

How important is school? High up in the Himalayas, in a Tibetan Buddhist mountain village with few modern amenities, adventurous, lively Chuskit can hardly wait to finally attend school. Her dream becomes a distant one, however, when she has an accident and is no longer able to leave the house alone. Chuskit’s strict grandfather, who is rooted in age-old customs, destroys her every hope of attending school, but she refuses to allow her family’s traditional background to determine her future. With determination and self-confidence, the girl fights to realize her dream and shows that even a child has the power to change the world. A heartwarming story inspired by real events.

Recommended for ages 8 and up
School: 2nd-6th grade

tags: Far East, Childhood, Human Rights, Feature film, Kinderfilmfest

Cast: Jigmet Dewa Lhamo, Morup Namgyal, Yanchen Dolma, SS Wangchuk, Padma Chospel


Screenplay: Priya Ramasubban

Original Material: Pirya Ramasubban

Director of Photography: Arvind Kannabiran

Film Editor: Jabeen Merchant

Composer: Mathias Duplessy

Production Designer: Aradhana Seth

Costume Design: Deepali Kosta Kabi

Sound: Satheesh PM

Producer: Priya Ramasubban

Production Company: Kaavya Films Pvt.Ltd.

Co-Producer: Anshulika Dubey

Co-Production Company: WISHBERRY

Director: Priya Ramasubban


Priya Ramasubban was born in Chennai, India, in 1972. For more than 15 years, she made documentaries for National Geographic, the History Channel, and other major networks. She was one of six people chosen from all of India to participate in a scriptwriting workshop where she developed the story of CHUSKIT as a protégée of Dutch author Jolein Laarman.