Screening and Discussion: Mani, The Hidden Valley of Happiness at a Crossroads

This film screening featured the documentary Mani: The Hidden Valley of Happiness at a Crossroads. A discussion with co-director Sonam Lama followed the screening, moderated by Nat Adams.
Mani: The Hidden Valley of Happiness at a Crossroads examines the debate over a planned international highway that would connect India with China and run through the Beyul Kyimolung, or Hidden Valley of Happiness, in the high Himalayan region of Tsum, Nepal. The highway would be one of eight strategic trade arteries between India and China under Nepal’s North-South Transit Road Development Plan. While the road offers the potential to improve access to healthcare, education, and markets, it also poses a grave threat to the unique architectural and cultural heritage of the isolated Tsum Valley. In light of the increasingly rapid and often haphazard reality of modernization in the twenty-first century, this film documents a unique moment in time: one community at a historic crossroads.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

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