MISSION: JOY – FINDING HAPPINESS IN TROUBLED TIMES
MIND THE GAP / ACTIVE CINEMA / SPIRIT / DOCS
US 2021, 90 min Directors Louie Psihoyos, Peggy Callahan
From Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos (DocLands Honors Award, 2018) and Peggy Callahan, this illuminating documentary offers an up close and personal look into the friendship between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Taking inspiration from its subjects’ bestseller The Book of Joy, the film allows their deep and abiding relationship to shine through as they field questions from co-author (and former UC Press religion editor) Doug Abrams about anger, happiness, forgiveness, and other big topics. Particularly during our current age of strife and suffering, watching these great minds unpack their experiences and bask in each other’s company makes it impossible not to be won over by their camaraderie. Interspersed with archival footage and animation, Mission Joy offers an engrossing portrait of two influential world leaders who share the ability to find hope—and yes, even joy—in adversity. –Zaki Hasan
We will be joined in person by Louie Psihoyos and Peggy Callahan for an onstage conversation following the Saturday, Oct 9, screening at CinéArts Sequoia.
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Louie Psihoyos won a Best Documentary Oscar® for his directing debut, The Cove (2009). His other films include Racing Extinction (2015), Fiat Lux: Illuminating Our Common Home (2015), and The Game Changers (2016).
Peggy Callahan spent 26 years as TV documentary reporter and anchor. She is an anti-slavery activist, journalist, and filmmaker who makes her feature debut with Mission: Joy – Finding Happiness in Troubled Times.