If you’ve heard of the small South Asian country of Bhutan, you’ve probably only heard of the “Gross National Happiness” concept pioneered by its king. The idea is to measure the country’s citizens’ satisfaction with their life along with traditional economic indicators like Gross Domestic Product.
What is never mentioned in the press is the fact that this laudable concept is a direct result of a government program intended to make all of their citizens follow the same religion, language, and customs. This has led to a host of human rights abuses towards the main ethnic minority in Bhutan, Lhotshampa, as the government attempts to rid itself of these people by any means necessary.
On Sunday October 4th, this documentary will be shown in Buffalo. This one-time screening is hosted by Journey’s End Refugee Services in partnership with the historic North Park Theatre. See trailer:
The award-winning documentary, “The Refugees of Shangri-La,” looks at this situation that has caused 1/6th of Bhutan’s population to become refugees. It highlights the experiences of Bhutanese Nepali refugees who resettle in the US, such as the few thousand who reside in Buffalo.