Independent Lens

S16 E5 | FULL EPISODE

Happiness

A 9-year-old monk has never before left his Bhutanese village perched high in the Himalayas, where the nearest road is a three-day walk. When connected to electricity for the first time, he treks to the nearest city in search of a television. The Independent Lens documentary Happiness tells a story of the bittersweet seduction of technology and progress.

AIRED: August 07, 2020 | 0:56:02
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TRANSCRIPT

IN OUR CONNECTED WORLD,

THE TECHNOLOGY THAT BRINGS US CLOSER TOGETHER

CAN LEAVE US FEELING MORE ISOLATED THAN EVER.

WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE IF WE COULD JUST

TURN OFF THE CHATTER?

IN THE SHADOW OF THE HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS,

THERE'S A PASTORAL VILLAGE WHERE THE CHATTER

HAS NEVER BEEN TURNED ON.

PEOPLE HERE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO USE ELECTRICITY.

BUT THEY'RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT.

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER THOMAS BALMES JOINS ONE FAMILY

MAKING THE TRANSITION INTO THE MODERN AGE.

WILL TECHNOLOGY MAKE THEM HAPPIER?

OR IS THE GRASS ALWAYS GREENER

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD?

HAPPINESS.

NOW ONLY ON INDEPENDENT LENS.

♫ [soft piano music]

[yak grunting]

YAH, YAH.

YAH, YAH.

YAH, YAH, YAH.

[man speaking in foreign language]

[laughing]

[bell dinging]

[rumbling]

[bell clanging]

[children yelling]

[children yelling, laughing]

[clang!]

[giggling]

[whistling]

(television) ...NOW RAY MYSTERIO.

THE UNIQUE STYLE OF MYSERIO! RHODES PUTS ON THE BRAKES!

(television) [grunting and groaning]

OH, LOOK AT THIS! AND RAY ONCE AGAIN!

NOW BERTO DEL RIO IS LOOKING TO

FULFILL WHAT HE FEELS IS HIS DESTINY

BY BECOMING THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

HERE AT WRESTLEMANIA.

♫ [women singing]

(television) THAT WAS CLOSE!

DEL RIO OBVIOUSLY THOUGHT HE HAD IT.

LOOK AT THIS!

OOOH!

ONCE AGAIN. HE'S GONNA DO IT!

DEL RIO'S GONNA DO IT HERE!

(unintelligible)

..PUT HIS FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!

RICARDO MAKES SURE.. WHOA!

OOH!

OH!

[cheering]

OH MAN! ARRRGH!

OH MAN!

A SLAM BY CLAY!

DEL RIO [unintelligible] FOR THE CHAMPION!

OH, DEL RIO KICKS AGAIN!

EDGE, THE ULTIMATE OPPORTUNIST,

TRIED TO TAKE ONE THERE FROM DEL RIO

WHOA!

OH LOOK AT THE EYES OF EDGE.

[cheering]

OH, OH, OH! LOOK AT THOSE EYES!

EDGE GOING FOR THE STEAL!

DEL RIO SIDE STEPPIN'.

OHH!(unitelligible) ... TO THE INJURED ARM.

EDGE'S ARM!

WITH A STEEL POST!

IT'S OVER! IT'S OVER!

DEL RIO'S GONNA STEAL THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

EDGE IS GONNA ATTACK!

...KEEP SOME OF THAT PRESSURE OFF!

EDGE TRYING TO KEEP HIS FINGERS CONNECTED!

HE'S DONE NOW!

DEL RIOS GONNA RIP THE (unintelligible)

IN THE CENTER OF THE RING!

an

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