Sunday, May 1, 2011

Show for May 1, 2011. Happy Trails: Filmmaker Roko Belic

Thirty years ago, human happiness seemed like a pretty unserious subject for scientific study. These days positive psychology, as happiness research is known, is de rigeur. Filmmaker Roko Belic (Genghis Blues) explores the science of contentment in his latest doc, Happy. Belic traveled to five continents, talking to researchers, comparing the state of satisfaction in various countries and finding some very jolly people. Does happiness depend on our material conditions? Just how much control do we have over our own sense of well-being? And whence the intellectual prejudice—which I confess I shared before this interview—that happiness as a topic lacks gravitas?

Catch a sneak preview of Happy at the Santa Cruz Film Festival on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. Showtimes and more info here

Visit the Santa Cruz Film Festival website.

Roko Belic in southern Africa, one of many locations he visited for the new film Happy.

Click the “play” arrow above to listen to the interview, or download the MP3 here.