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_Are You Happy?

Inspired by a 1960 documentary by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin, “Are You Happy?” probes the complexities of modern life by beginning with a simple question.

2010 Mandy Rose
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“Jean Rouch is an inspiration for the project… though at the epicentre of auteur culture he saw his film-making practice as a collaborative venture, a ‘shared anthropology’ as he called it.”

Mandy Rose, Author, in CollabDocs

In the 1960 documentary Chronicle of a Summer, anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin wandered the streets of Paris and asked the people they encountered if they were happy. The project revealed deep anxieties in France at the time, focused on the occupation of Algeria and the continuing effects of WWII.

Launched 50 years after Rouch and Morin’s groundbreaking film, the Are You Happy? project seeks to reveal people’s preoccupations in the digital era. Teams of filmmakers all over the world ask the people they encounter if they are happy and record the responses. So far, the Are You Happy? project includes interviews from 11 different countries on four continents, showcasing responses from areas as diverse as Peru, Mongolia, and Uganda. The project actively solicits collaborators, encouraging people to reinterpret Rouch and Morin’s interviews for their communities.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : United Kingdom
Year : 2010
Author : Mandy Rose
Producer : CollabDocs Research Project at the Digital Culture Research Centre,University of the West of England
Team : Echidna,Nicething
Funders AND Incubators : Arts and Humanities Research Council
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