Double Happiness at Harvard GSD

Posted on: 18th February 2020

Film night and Discussion 

Special Guest: director Ella Raidel

in cooperation with Prof. Michael Hooper, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, GSD

October 28, 6pm at GUND 109, Harvard GSD

Film screening followed by a discussion on the film topic and urban development around Harvard University. Moderated by Marlene Rutzendorfer.

Among the Chinese double happiness refers to the happiness that’s increased twofold when a couple decides to spend the rest of their lives together. Ella Raidel chose this beautiful and optimistic concept as the title of her first full-length documentary. But, calling it a documentary possibly isn’t fitting, and it’s certainly not like the conventional kind of report on globalization. On the contrary, this is an extremely pointed film essay made with a great deal of sensitivity and a fine touch. (…)

Like every good film, this one poses more important questions than it answers—such as concerning the relationship between tradition, the modern age and the future; between the reality and late-capitalist dreams; and between essential progress and environmental protection. Double happinesswould also be produced by a “wedding” of these aspects, some of which seem almost irreconcilable. (Andreas Ungerböck, Translation: Steve Wilder)

Supported by: Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, and by Kammer der ZiviltechnikerInnen | ArchitektInnen und IngenieurInnen Wien.Niederösterreich.Burgenland