The Theory of Happiness Trailer (2014)

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Trailer for The Theory of Happiness.

Seeking a better way of life in rural Ukraine, a collective fights an ideological war. Armed with pitchforks and shovels to work the land, and mathematically calculated political poetry to enlighten the masses, PORTOS (Poetical Association for the Development of a Theory of Universal Happiness) works to build a utopia. Founded in the late 1980s, the commune survives on its herd of cows and pigs. Slogans plastered around the farm are constant reminders of their ideology, and members must adhere to a dress code of close-cropped hair and vests with pockets (equipped with a charged cellphone, flashlight and wristwatch). Gregory Gan joined PORTOS in 2010 to be an ethnographer from within; the group views him as a foreign recruit documenting their practices. Complex social relationships and the role of the filmmaker are broached in this intelligent and revealing look at an alternative subculture negotiating loneliness, friendship, power and authority.

Duration
2 min 52 sec

Views
2,251

Posted On
April 11, 2014
Director
Gregory Gan

Writer
Unknown or Not Available

Studio
Independent

Release
April 24, 2014
Cast
Unknown or Not Available
Trailer Tracks
No Music Available
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