“The Happiest Place: A Journey Across Bhutan” is an upcoming documentary by Ben Henretig that we found on Kickstarter this morning. If you don’t already know about Kickstarter, it’s a place that filmmakers and other artists can find micro-backers to fund some really awesome projects. You’d be amazed by the kinds of things you find there, and actually MAKE HAPPEN for just a few dollars.
This one really hit close to home for me. The story of an expedition, by 5 Americans, across the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan on a quest to discover the true nature of “happiness.” For those of you who don’t know, Bhutan is the only nation on earth to take an annual survey of its citizens’ happiness and use it to guide policy. Yes, it’s called the Gros National Happiness survey. Yes, it’s been mocked & ridiculed by westerners from Jay Leno onward. But then, how happy are those guys?
Think about this, throughout most of its history, Bhutan split its monarchy into two thrones of equal power. The Deb Raj – responsible for all earthly affairs. And the Dharma Raj – charged with the spiritual well being of the nation. In my book, that’s pretty friggin’ awesome. And Bhutan has been on my list of must-see places ever since I first heard of it.
Ben Henretig and his fellow adventurers got there a little ahead of me. Their film is in the can already. They just need a few more bucks for finishing funds. Anyway, it was a no-brainer for Xpedition.TV to jump in on this project. How could we not? Here’s their pitch:
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And here is their Facebook Page. Best of luck, guys. Can’t wait to see the film!