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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.