BHUTAN: A KINGDOM OF HAPPINESS
BHUTAN: A KINGDOM OF HAPPINESS (30 min. work-in-progress)
There’s a lot at stake for Druk Yul, better known in the west as Bhutan. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, this tiny country has grand ambitions. Attempting to protect its ancient past while embracing economic development, Bhutan is the only country in the world that supports a policy of “Gross National Happiness.” While Bhutan remained remarkably isolated for centuries, democracy and the 21st century have arrived, and with them, modern problems like crime, drug abuse and alcoholism. What does it mean to be happy in Bhutan? How will the new young king help his people incorporate the benefits of globalization while keeping their traditions and culture intact? Is Bhutan’s concept of Gross National Happiness really a possibility for a 21st century democracy? Bhutan: A Kingdom of Happiness takes viewers on a journey to experience history in the making. In these times of global economic turmoil and re-evaluation of our social and financial values, the film offers a vision for the future that is truly inspiring. Directed by Dara Padwo Audick. Produced by Dara Padwo-Audick. Director of photography and editor, Michael Audick.
Discussion with filmmakers Dara Padwo-Audick and Darin Olien and a distinguished panel including Dr. Bruce Bunting, President, Bhutan Foundation, follows screening.