Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard shows “The Economics of Happiness”

Filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge will host a Q&A after the film this coming Saturday, April 7. — Photo courtesy of Slow Food M.V.

“The Economics of Happiness,” an award-winning documentary, will be shown at a program sponsored by Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard at the Chilmark Community Center on Saturday, April 7, at 7 pm.

At 6 pm, a soup supper will be served preceding the screening. The cost for the soup and the film is $10, $5 for the film only. Helena Norberg-Hodge, one of the film’s makers, will introduce the film and will be on hand to answer questions after the showing.

The award-winning documentary is by Ms. Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, and John Page, members of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote systemic solutions to today’s social and environmental crises.

The film describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. The movie attempts to show how some governments and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. It shows how that at the same time, all around the world there are people who are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance, trying to forge a very different future. Communities are shown coming together to rebuild to a more human scale, with economies based on an ecologically focused new paradigm — what they call, “an economics of happiness.”

The film features interviews with acclaimed economists, environmentalists, and scholars including Vandana Shiva, member of the UK parliament Zac Goldsmith, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Juliet Schor, Richard Heinberg, Bhutanese film director Khyentse Norbu, and the first Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, Samdhong Rinpoche.

Five years in the making, “The Economics of Happiness” outlines realistic solutions, drawing inspiration from the emerging worldwide movement for economic localization, from urban gardens in Detroit, Transition Towns, hands-on education in Japan, community farming in India, and cultural preservation in Peru. The film shows that solutions to our most pressing environmental, economic, and social crises can simultaneously improve our quality of life.

Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard is a chapter of Slow Food USA, which “Supports good, clean, and fair food for everyone,” according to its website. The group focuses on raising awareness of sustainable food issues with movies, speakers, and panels. They support local farms and food artisans with farm tours, farm news, and by organizing local foods potlucks, cooking classes and tastings, and wild foods walks.

Dinner and film: “The Economics of Happiness,” 6 pm soup supper, 7 pm film, Saturday, April 7, Chilmark Community Center. $10, $5 for the film only. Sponsored by Slow Food M.V. For more information, visit