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.
Mukesh Rajak has been talking to people in his community in Maharastra.
You can see the contributions to date in the Gallery.
You can contribute via the Vimeo group. If you are not already a member, you will need to join that free service. Please make sure you add tag data to describe the content. Give the video a title, tag the video “are you happy” and give the recording a location.
We are producing a number of outputs from the project. A web documentary — Searching for Happiness — including selected sequences launches May 2013. Next we plan to produce an interactive documentary which will give users access to all the content via themes — age, place, gender etc. If you want to get involved please get in touch via email email@example.com
The shape of the outputs is emerging as the project develops, with all contributors consulted over any use of their content. Everyone who contributes will be credited on this site.
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.