Searching for Happiness at The Festival of Ideas

The Are you happy

i-Docs contributor and documentary maker Mandy Rose is demonstrating her latest work as part of Bristol’s Festival of Ideas.

[quote style=”boxed”]Fifty years ago people on the streets of Paris were asked: Are you happy? in a documentary experiment with the new film technology of 1960 – hand-held sync sound. Searching for Happiness takes advantage of a new era of creative technology to ask the same question today. From Mongolia to Maharashtra, filmmakers around the world have responded to an invitation to restage those 1960 interviews. In a documentary first, producer Mandy Rose has brought those recordings together with live feeds from the web to create a documentary experience which never plays the same way twice. Searching for Happiness is a meditation on culture, values and the meaning of life. Mandy Rose will present a live demo of the project, and will be in conversation with Executive Producer Jon Dovey.[/quote]

 Mandy Rose is a Senior Research Fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Centre University of the West of England. Her work as a documentary maker includes Meeting the Masai Mob for BBC 2. She was co-founder and producer of BBC 2’s Video Nation project and executive producer of the digital storytelling project, Capture Wales.

Booking is now live for this event, find out more on the Watershed site here. Also check out this list of all the Festival of Ideas events available through the Watershed box office.