Crossing Bhutan - Community Showing, Santa Cruz, CA
Community Showing of the film, discussion about Bhutan, meet the Team, book signing and more!
Santa Cruz High School Theatre
Santa Cruz, CA,
January 27, 2017
Proceeds from this event will go to Santa Cruz High School Cross Country team as well as Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs.
The Film: Bhutan is known as the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom and one of the happiest places on earth. Crossing Bhutan tells the story of four veteran athletes and their journey to explore Bhutans enigmatic policy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) by making the first-ever 485 mile, border-to-border crossing of this isolated kingdom entirely by foot and bike.
This visually stunning documentary features narration and original music from Grammy award-winning musician Imogen Heap as well as contributions from avant-cellist Zoe Keating. A unique partnership with the government granted filmmaker Ben Henretig unique access, providing an immersive lens into Bhutans pristine wilderness and ancient culture. (Bhutans policy of Gross National Happiness mandates that Bhutan maintain at least 70% forest cover, making Bhutan one of the only countries in the world that is actively carbon negative, actively sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. )
Bhutans new Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, makes a cameo in the film to join the team for a biking leg of their journey, providing a unique lens into Bhutans budding biking culture and the role of Gross National Happiness in steering Bhutans unique approach to development, If our people are not happier more prosperous, more content, then the very purpose of development must be questioned. So [;;;;;;Gross National Happiness];;;;;; is like a conscience - our collective conscious to development.
Due to its geographical isolation, Bhutan remained isolated from the world until 1999, when it became the last country in the world to legalize television and the internet. Crossing Bhutan provides a glimpse of a culture at a crossroads, as Western culture starts to shape a new generation of Bhutanese. But they are not the only ones undergoing a transformation: when the demands of the grueling 42-day, 485-mile journey push the team beyond their breaking point, they themselves must confront the challenge inherent in walking what Buddhists call the Middle Path - embracing the benefits of our goal oriented, fast-paced modern life while still honoring the ancient traditions and values that makes Bhutan so unique.
For detailed info on Terri's book, Dirty Inspirations: Lessons From the Trenches of Extreme Endurance Sports - go to this link - http://terrischneider.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/DI-Book-Info-Pages.pdf
Santa Cruz High School Theatre (View)
415 Walnut Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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