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Natural Awakenings Joins Film Festival as a Community Partner

Sep 30, 2014 01:23PM

The Milwaukee Film Festival runs from September 25 to October 9. As one of the festival’s community partners, Natural Awakenings magazine and Transition Milwaukee present the film Happiness (Eftyhia). Written and directed by Executive Producer Thomas Balmès, the movie questions the importance of technological advancement in Bhutan, a country that tracks its progress through “gross national happiness”. The film will be screened at 4:15 p.m., October 6, at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, in Milwaukee.

Filmed in Bhutan with English subtitles, the story follows Peyangki, an 8-year-old sent by his mother to study in the isolation of a mountain monas tery. When an edict from Bhutan’s king approving the spread of electricity, television and Internet throughout the nation takes effect, the film explores the striking contrast between its young protagonist’s immersion in beautiful natural landscapes and the slowly encroaching promise of technology.

Tickets to all films can be purchased online or by phone (both will be processed as “will call” orders and have a surcharge) or in person at one of the festival’s four screening theater box offices.

Festival screening locations: Landmark Oriental Theatre 2230 N. Farwell Ave.; Landmark Downer Theatre, 2589 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee; Fox-Bay Cinema Grill, 334 E. Silver Spring Dr., Milwaukee; and Times Cinema, 5906 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-755-1965 or visit

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