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FILM: Impact Of Globalisation 1: Bhutan
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31 mins, 2008
Globalisation is having a huge impact on countries across the world - but not all countries have bought into the consumerist dream. This film is about Bhutan - a country pursuing an alternative economic path.
Bhutan is a tiny country in the Himalayas bordering on China and India. Until recent years it's been off-limits to outsiders and out of touch with the outside world. People have little material wealth but the country claims to be achieving unique levels of contentment - their "gross national happiness".
TOURISM & TELEVISION:
But in recent years things have begun to change. Tourism has become big business. People are leaving the countryside and the cities are growing. Most dramatically television has come to Bhutan, bringing with it 46 channels exposing people to advertising and programmes from all over the world. Consumerism is taking off.
New fashions, pop music, mobile phones are appearing. Traditional dress is giving way to trendy T-shirts. Youth violence, drugs and AIDS have become significant problems. People are worried that young people are neglecting their Buddhist faith for computer games and Nike. How will the forces of globalisation affect this unique mountain kingdom? Will they be able to retain their happiness despite the forces of globalisation?
DVD EXTRAS: "The Other Face of Bhutan" Evicted from their homeland, about 107,000 Bhutanese are living in refugee camps in nearby Nepal - is this a case of ethnic cleansing? Why is Bhutan not concerned about their happiness?
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