This is a wonderful film about Bhutan..
The tiny Kingdom of Bhutan, at the eastern end of the Himalayas, nestles between the giant nation states of China and India. Often called the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” it remained secluded until recent times—the first ever “tourist” set foot in Bhutan in 1974 and was followed by the introduction of television and new technology at the turn of the 21st century.
In 2008, Bhutan became the world’s youngest democracy, moving from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy in a historic change initiated by the revered and much-loved Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
A sovereign country throughout the ages, Bhutan is now establishing its place on the world stage and demonstrating leadership on climate and environmental issues. It is determined to maintain its Buddhist culture and way of life as it evolves and adapts to political change and economic challenges.
Its unique development policy of “Gross National Happiness,” which measures progress not through material gain but on a happiness scale, is generating global interest. The abundant hospitality of the Bhutanese, the variety of Bhutan’s ancient monasteries and colorful festivals, and its near-perfect ecosystem and natural beauty never fail to reward the traveler.
The versatile, intrepid Canadian filmmaker/musician Peter Prince, engages with the wonders of nature and the richness of memory, in his multi-layered new film, BHUTAN – The Kind Kingdom (2018).
A story of cultural adaptation and celebration set in Bhutan’s remote Phobjikha Valley; where global influences challenge subsistence farmers and their traditional way of life. At stake is a magnificent alpine ecosystem – the habitat of the beloved Black Necked Crane.
Conservationists work with the community to encourage sustainable preservation practices and help organize the annual Black Necked Crane Festival. From 17th century fortress monasteries (Dzongs), to the ritual blessings of Buddhist monks; haunting folk songs and mesmerizing masked dances; the festival draws attention to the plight of the endangered Cranes, and helps foster conservation alliances among farm families of isolated mountain villages and visitors from around the world.
The people’s strong sense of national identity and spirit of reverence for the mythical “heavenly birds” emerges through Peter Princeʼs lens. His music complements the soundtrack as his narration sheds light on the tiny kingdom’s remarkable history, artistry and ancient spiritual beliefs – beliefs that inspire a profound sense of environmental and social responsibility
Director: Peter Prince