Monday, January 21, 2008

Bhutan: Gross National Happiness (Modernization)

Producers: Journeyman Pictures
Release Date: 2000
Duration: 20 min
Format: 16mm, 35mm, Video, web
Languages: English
Youth Media: No
Educational Media: Yes

Film Description

Bhutan is choosing to travel on a path not based on economics. "We are not interested in gross national product, but in gross national happiness," is the doctrine of the young king. His unorthodox approach is not anti-technology. They want to modernize, but on their own terms. A giggling family gathers for their first taste of television. Smiling triumphantly, a Buddhist monk explains that TV must be an illusion of an illusion.

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