Festival of Austrian Film
April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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What Happiness Is
Documentary Film, AT 2012, Farbe, 88 min., OmdU
Diagonale 2013

Director, Script: Harald Friedl
Camera: Helmut Wimmer
Editor: Michaela Müllner, Harald Friedl
Location Sound: Joe Knauer, Axel Traun
Music: Gerald Schuller
Sounddesign: Birgit Obkircher
Additional Credits: Produzent: Kurt Mayer Produktionsleitung: Hanne Lassl
Producers: Kurt Mayer
Production: kurt mayer film


Happiness as the engine of social development: No utopia, but a political custom – at least in the long isolated kingdom of Bhutan. By means of a ministerial survey, it is the aim to enhance the so-called “Gross National Happiness,” the status quo of local contentment. Harald Friedl accompanies what is probably the largest social research project the world has seen. A road movie to the most elusive of destinations: Happiness.