Made in Bhutan Premiered in Europe

oneA ‘Made in Bhutan’, a 32 minutes documentary film is gaining a huge popularity amongst the friends of Bhutan in the United States and Europe. After a successful screening of the film in the US on 8 May, another exclusive premiere was organized in Brussels, Europe on 20 May, which was labelled to be ‘highly inspirational’ by the participants. The 32 minutes documentary film portraying the emergence of entrepreneurial culture in Bhutan was directed/ produced by Hirondelle Chartlard for the Loden Foundation in 2013. The film explicitly features the challenges and opportunities for the development of entrepreneurship in Bhutan particularly amongst the young adults.

His Excellency Dasho Sonam Tshong, the Ambassador and Head of the Missions of the Kingdom of Bhutan in Europe who graced the premiere event as a chief guest in his opening remarks highlighted the government policies to promote entrepreneurial venture in the country. His Excellency said the government accords significant priority to the development of private sector particularly entrepreneurship. He also expressed his deep appreciations to the Loden Foundation for actively promoting an entrepreneurship and encouraged to continue their noble initiatives.

Mr Dorji Tashi, the Executive Director of the Loden Foundation who was at the premiere said “by screening the film abroad, we intend to introduce Bhutan and socially responsible business practises in Bhutan to the wider global audience. Dorji also added that, “our premieres are usually followed by intensive debates on the society and entrepreneurship in Bhutan where we benefit immensely from the insights of international experts which is a key purpose of screening ”. During the debate, Mr Gerard Tardy, a philanthropist and the pro-bono director of the Loden Entrepreneurship Program emphasized his deep admiration to the visionary leadership, culture, political stability and the brilliant minds of young entrepreneurs which inspired him to involve in this program. He also highlighted on the on the scope of the entrepreneurial ventures in Bhutan.

The event, which was facilitated by Mr. Zoltan Valcsicsak, the president of Hungarian-Bhutan Friendship Society and the co-founder of Fairsight Company, was attended by two other Ambassadors and about 60 participants who are friends and enthusiast of Bhutan. After the launch of ‘Made in Bhutan’ in November in 2013 by the Prime Minister, similar premieres have been organized

in United Kingdom, Singapore, France, China, Nepal, United States. Another

exclusive screening will be organized in October in Switzerland. The film was

also invited for the Himalayan Film Festival in the US.