A documentary film about a small boy and how television arrives to  the kingdom of Bhutan. Pyangke, 8, lives with his mother in a small  mountain village in Bhutan. His mother cannot afford to educate him so  he’s sent to a monastery to study to become a monk. Meanwhile the  king of Bhutan is finally legalising television broadcasting in his  kingdom. The western popular culture arrives to Bhutan and to Pyangke’s  home villages.

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Title

Happiness

Production Year

2013

Genre

Documentary

Length

80 min

Language

Dzongkha

Crew

Director & writer

Thomas Balmès

Cinematography

Thomas Balmès, Nina Bernfeld

Editing

Alex Cardon, Ronan Sinquin

Producers

Kaarle Aho, Thomas Balmès, Juliette Guigon, Patrick Winocour

Awards

Cinematography Award
World Cinema Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
USA 2014

Jury’s Prize
Trento Film Festival
Italy 2014

Best Sign of the Times
Documentary Edge Festival
New Zealand 2014

Onion Seed Award
MakeDox Creative
Documentary Film Festival
Macedonia 2014

Silver Nanook Award for
Original Artistic Solution
International Documentary Film
Festival Flahertiana
Russia 2014

Kyiv Film Award
Best Director
Kyiv International Documentary
Film Festival Kinolitopys
Ukraine 2014

Youth Jury’s special mention
Sheffield Doc/Fest
UK 2014

Festivals

IDFA Masters section, World Premiere 2013
Sundance Film Festival, Park City, USA 2014
DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland 2014
ZagrebDox, Croatia 2014
Screening at Danish Film School, part of EDN’s Doc Marathon, Copenhagen, Denmark 2014
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic 2014
Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria 2014
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Images of the 21st Century, Greece 2014
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Washington, USA 2014
Cleveland Film Festival, USA 2014
Chop Shots Documentary Film Festival Southeast Asia, Jakarta 2014
Hot Docs – Canadian International Documentary Festival, Canada 2014
San Francisco International Film Festival, USA 2014

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