This film takes a hard look at the last of the ancient Himalayan Buddhist Kingdoms, now an emerging democracy trying to balance the forces of the global market with its traditional culture. From cloistered monks to the urban club crowd, traditional farmers to hydroelectric engineers, this penetrating examination of Bhutan’s development philosophy of “Gross National Happiness” reflects our common global need to adjust behavior and world view to account for responsible environmental practices and demonstrates that civilization's survival depends on our ability to live in harmony with the natural world.
WINNER OF TWO 2009-2010 EMMY® AWARDS. Running time: 57 minutes. DVD: 65 minutes with a bonus feature of the Dalai Lama speaking on “Happiness.”