Bhutan: The Kind Kingdom
A documentary film by Peter Prince
A JOURNEY ON THE WINGS OF HEAVENLY BIRDS
The high flying Black Necked Crane is the muse for The Kind Kingdom; a film that plays like a love song for Bhutan, as it explores the living cultural traditions and enlightened conservation initiatives of this enchanting Himalayan nation.
The versatile, intrepid Salt Spring filmmaker/musician Peter Prince, engages with the wonders of nature and the richness of memory, in his multi-layered new film, BHUTAN – The Kind Kingdom (2018). A story of cultural adaptation and celebration set in Bhutan’s remote Phobjikha Valley; where global influences challenge subsistence farmers and their traditional way of life. At stake is a magnificent alpine ecosystem – the habitat of the beloved Black Necked Crane.
Conservationists work with the community to encourage sustainable preservation practices and help organize the annual Black Necked Crane Festival. From 17th century fortress monasteries (Dzongs), to the ritual blessings of Buddhist monks; haunting folk songs and mesmerizing masked dances; the festival draws attention to the plight of the endangered Cranes, and helps foster conservation alliances among farm families of isolated mountain villages and visitors from around the world.
The people’s strong sense of national identity and spirit of reverence for the mythical “heavenly birds” emerges through Peter Princeʼs lens. His music and narration complement the soundtrack as the journey sheds light on the tiny kingdom’s remarkable history, artistry and ancient spiritual beliefs – beliefs that inspire a profound sense of environmental and social responsibility.
To help the Cranes worldwide and aid conservation in Bhutan please visit:
International Crane Foundation – http://www.savingcranes.org
Royal Society for the Protection of Nature – http://www.rspnbhutan.org
View the movie trailer for BHUTAN – The Kind Kingdom at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwtt2XvkcsXnoTtBdDaU3qNPaqlQ_0vIR