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What Happiness Is

Date: Wed. March 5th, 2014, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm


H. Friedl is an acclaimed film director whose documentaries are regularly shown on Austrian public tv. He was granted permission to accompany a team of government agents as they travelled to the remotest hamlets in the Himalayas. What makes our lives worth living? The official results of this survey reporting on Bhutan’s GNH (gross national happiness) can be found online. The unofficial results in Friedl’s extraordinary documentary form a mosaic of intimate portraits and glimpses into the soul of a people. To one Bhutanese happiness is to be born as a human and not as an ant or a pig. To another, it is a quiet, secret smoke. This road movie to the remotest of places- Happiness – invites us to go and find our own answers.

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