Friday, February 12, 2010

Dragon Kingdom: Bhutan (video)

(Journeyman Pictures) In a world where despots cling to power by any means, Bhutan's much loved king is voluntarily relinquishing control. It's part of a plan to engage with the wider world. This tiny mountain kingdom is one of the least disturbed places on Earth. Here the emphasis is on "Gross National Happiness." Schools teach children to live in harmony.

"We are an independent kingdom with a very strong policy that preserves our environment," explains author Tshewang Dhendup. The king is widely revered across the country. "He's a very humble man," explains one friend. "No Swiss bank accounts, no Lear jets. Lives in a log cabin." His subjects are still coming to terms with his decision to share power. In recent years, Bhutan has started reaching beyond the mountains. But nothing is allowed to endanger its unique culture. Produced by ABC Australia; distributed by Journeyman Pictures.

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