Bhutan – Fortress of the Gods

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‘Bhutan – Fortress of the Gods’ tells the story of modernisation of Bhutan under the leadership of King Jigme Singe Wangchuk. Credited with following a path of modernisation that balances local cultural needs with economic development the King coined the definer ‘gross national happiness.’ Bhutan is a unique example of a constitutional monarchy that harmoniously blends together its cultural heritage, spiritual moorings and practices, political ideology and its economic ambitions. The film visually evokes modern Bhutan, tucked away in the Himalayas and surrounded by huge nations like India and China, in all its various forms. The films also refers to its rich, cultural and religious history. Bhutan is a unique story, as the film demonstrates, of a nation building its own democracy in compliance with its particular character and history.