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Bhutan [electronic resource]: The Height of Happiness?

Journeyman Pictures (Firm)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
The tiny kingdom of Bhutan is hidden away in the Himalayas and dwarfed by its giant neighbors, India and China. While the rest of the world pounds the treadmill of economic development, Bhutan has continued on its alternative path, pursuing the ultimate goal for its people: happiness. For centuries, its benevolent kings ignored technological advances, seeking to protect their people from outside influences. Then, overnight, 47 satellite stations began broadcasting in the country. The impact on the sheltered society has been profound. Following a surge in teenage violence, the government decided to ban all channels considered to be a dangerous influence on their peaceful way of life. This documentary examines Bhutan's quandary: Can the nation's mythical spiritual principles withstand this Western onslaught?
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52 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 10, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Height of Happiness?
  • Bhutan: a Hidden Country (1:30)
  • National Contentment (2:06)
  • Tantric Buddhism (1:32)
  • Introducing Tourism (1:30)
  • Sustainable Development (1:01)
  • Gross National Happiness (2:10)
  • Happiness as a Concept (3:04)
  • A Culture of Contentment (2:32)
  • A Unique Society (4:13)
  • Economic Gap (1:25)
  • Television Introduced (2:10)
  • Negative Impacts on Young People (1:11)
  • Exposing the Haves and Have-Nots (1:22)
  • Government Responsibility (0:55)
  • Watching TV with a Critical Eye (1:04)
  • Accelerated Change (2:16)
  • Modernization is Inevitable (0:45)
  • Bhutan's 21st Century Challenges (1:29)
  • National Dilemma (2:07)
  • Bhutan's Environmental Pressures (0:57)
  • Lifestyle Related Diseases (2:12)
  • Substance Abuse and AIDS (3:31)
  • Education as a Solution (2:49)
  • No Place Like Home (3:36)
  • Future Happiness? (3:34)
  • Credits: Bhutan: The Height of Happiness? (1:01)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2008.
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49997 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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