Rent Happiness (2013)

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Synopsis:
A visually stunning and emotionally stirring documentary set in the tiny village of Laya, nestled deep in the Himalayan mountainside in remote Bhutan (one of the last known parts of the world to be connected to electricity, television or internet). "Happiness" tracks the bittersweet transition as an innocent, simpler lifestyle slowly fades to the seduction of technology and 'progress'. Told through the eyes of Peyangki; a captivating and dreamy nine year old boy, who is sent by his mother to study at the local monastery because she cannot afford to raise all six of her children.
We witness his seismic shift in awareness through a three day journey from the sweeping, majestic scenery of Laya to the bustling, buzzing capital of Thimpu with his uncle, where Peyangki discovers televisions, cars, bright city lights and modern creature comforts for the very first time.
Actors:
Peyangki, Kinley Om, Ap Kinley Dorji, Aum Thinley Dolma, Sangay Thinley, Chencho Thinley, Namgay Dorji, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, , Leki, Pyago, Choki
Directors:
Producers:
Thomas Balmès, Kaarle Aho, Juliette Guigon, Patrick Winocour
Writers:
Thomas Balmès
Others:
Nina Bernfeld
Aka:
The Himalayan Boy and the TV Set
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Documentary
Awards:

2014 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Cinematography Award Documentary

BBFC:
Release Date:
11/05/2015
Run Time:
77 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish
Bonus:
  • The Making of Happiness

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