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, 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
Trento Film Festival, Italy 2014
Planete+ Doc Film Festival, Warsaw and Wroclaw, Poland 2014
“Best of” Trento Film Festival screenings at the Italian Cinematheque in Milan, Italy 2014
International Documentary Film Festival ‘Encuentros del Otro Cine’ – EDOC, Quito, Guayaquil and other Ecuadorian cities, Ecuador 2014
Documentary Edge Festival, Auckland & Wellington, New Zealand 2014
Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK 2014
MakeDox – Creative Documentary Film Festival, Skopje, Macedonia 2014
Moscow International Film Festival, Russia 2014
Annual “Best of Hot Docs” Vancouver Screening Series, Canada 2014
Nantucket Film Festival, USA 2014
Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Australia 2014
Art Festival Watou, Belgium 2014
Pärnu International Documentary and Anthrology Film Festival, Estonia 2014
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia 2014
Part of open-air film screenings “Zomerfilms”, Leuven, Belgium 2014
Screenings at Documentary Film Center, Moscow, Russia 2014
Calgary International Film Festival, Canada 2014
Message to Man – International Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia 2014
International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana, Perm, Russia 2014
Branchage Film Festival, Bailiwick of Jersey 2014
Bergen International Film Festival, Norway 2014
CNEX Documentary Film Festival, Taipei City, Republic of China (Taiwan) 2014
Camden International Film Festival/ USA 2014
Milwaukee Film Festival, USA 2014
Kyiv International Documentary Film Festival “Kinolitopys”, Ukraine 2014
Cinemigrante/Buenos Aires, Argentina 2014
Heartland Film Festival, Indianapolis, USA 2014
Tel Aviv Spirit Film Festival, Israel 2014
iDOCS 2014 International Documentary Forum, Beijing, China 2014
Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York, USA 2014
Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival/Ireland 2014
DocsDF International Documentary Film Festival/Mexico City, Mexico 2014
Hangon elokuvajuhlat, Suomi 2014
Banff Mountain Film and book Festival, Canada 2014
CPH:DOX Copenhagen Int.Documentary Film Festival, Denmark 2014
Austin Asian American Film Festival, USA 2014
Special Screening in Warsaw, Poland 2014
Cinema Verite Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Tehran, Iran 2014
Boulder International Film Festival, Colorado, USA 2015

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