Gross National Happiness

short

documentary

(

2001

)

awards
Description

A round table conversation under the auspices of Ecooperation about the Bhutanese concept of development 'Gross National Happiness', as an alternative for the western concept of Gross National Product.

The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan uses the term 'Gross National Happiness' as a guideline for its development.
Instead of taking the usual Gross National Product as a benchmark, the government tries to measure socio-economic development in terms of cultural preservation, environment, sustainable development and responsible governance.
Herewith Bhutan aims to preserve its cherished and long-held autonomy.

Participants:
Dasho Ugyen Tsering, Secretary of State of the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan
Karma Ura, director of the Centre of Bhutan Studies, Thimphu
Prof. Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Prof. Joop de Jong, Vrije University, Amsterdam
Panel Chairman: Mr. Sander Tideman, The Bridge Fund

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Production

Molenwiek Film

Coproduction

BOS

executive producer
Creative producer
Direction

Joop Van Wijk

Writer
Research
Cast
Production design
photography

Bernd Wouthuysen
Joost van Herwijnen

sound

Hens van Rooij

Music
editing

Hens van Rooij

Interviews
re-recording

Kees de Groot

lab

Edit Point

Special thanks

Ecooperation
Babeth M. Vanloo