Award winning documentary the Economics of Happiness is getting its Wilmslow premiere at an event at the Wilmslow Library on Wednesday 6 March at 7:30pm.
The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalisation and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future.
Both hard-hitting and inspiring, ‘The Economics of Happiness’ demonstrates that millions of people across the world are already engaged in building a better world. The film shows that countless people are united around a common cause: rebuilding more democratic, human scale, ecological and local economies – the foundation of an ‘economics of happiness’.
The hour-long documentary features stunning images, as well as a powerful chorus of voices calling for systemic economic change, including Vandana Shiva, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Richard Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Juliet Schor, Zac Goldsmith, Bill McKibben, and Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet’s government in exile. The screening will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for discussion.
The Economics of Happiness is a project of the International Society for Ecoology and Culture. It has received widespread acclaim and has won several awards, including best in show at the 2011 Cinema Verde Film Festival. Renowned eco philosopher and author Joanna Macy said: “It is good news indeed to find so persuasive an explanation of our ailing world as ‘The Economics of Happiness.’ This film connects the dots between climate chaos, economic meltdown, and our own personal suffering – stress, loneliness, and depression. It presents the localisation movement as a systemic alternative to corporate globalisation, as well as a strategy that brings community and meaning to our lives.”
Entrance to the event is free, but donations to Transition Wilmslow to help cover costs and fund future events will be very welcome.