POSTED BY: San Francisco Film Society
CREATED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Happiness is an observational documentary film about the introduction of television, Internet and electricity in a village in northern Bhutan, through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy. A class screening of the film may complement a global studies or media studies curriculum. Taught in conjunction with this guide, the film will give students a window into a very different experience of childhood and will challenge them to think critically about the role of technology and media in their own lives. Discussion questions and supplemental materials facilitate further research into related topics such as family relationships, agrarian lifestyles, and Buddhist religion.