In the last two weeks I’ve been filming in Cardiff — the footage will be posted very soon — and I’ve heard from potential collaborators in India, Serbia, Zimbabwe, Columbia, Romania, Tasmania, and in various UK and US locations. It’s going to be so interesting to see how these sequences compare.
High on my agenda is finding someone who can shoot in Paris, where the Rouch and Morin film was made, perhaps in the same streets where Marceline Loridan and Nadine Baillot did their street interviews in 1960. If you have any contacts there who might be interested, please do get in touch.
Exactly fifty years ago, Marceline Loridan and Nadine Baillot asked people on the streets of Paris, Are you happy? in a documentary experiment by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin.
The Are you happy? project is finding out what happens when we ask the same question in the global environment of the web today.
Filmmakers around the world have been contributing to the project, asking people; Are you happy?
We are looking for people to get involved — re-staging or re-interpreting the 1960 interviews in their own neighbourhood today.