CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023

Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

Year: 2021
Country: USA
Language: English, Tibetan
Run Time: 90 minutes

Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times
Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times
Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times
Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

A room has never heard more laughter than when His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu sit down in easy chairs to shoot the breeze in the spring of 2015. The delightful documentary MISSION: JOY – FINDING HAPPINESS IN TROUBLED TIMES features never-before-seen footage that inspired The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. The film is a witness of the endearing friendship of an Asian Buddhist and an African Christian—both winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, who each manifested their own timeless legacies of nonviolence and compassion for others in their respective corners of the world. The story weaves together the friends’ childhoods and paths to prominence, while the icons reflect and field questions about life, death, and how to wring out happiness from places where none can be found. While their awe-inspiring reputations set an assumed tone of solemn reverence, the pair are human after all, and they flood the interaction with blissful moments of relatable, down-to-earth joy that’s refreshingly unexpected. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Mimi Ohio Theatre

Monday, April 04, 2022 at 5:10 PM

Tuesday, April 05, 2022 at 2:40 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

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46th CIFF College Program

Asian Cinema
Black Cinema
Teen-Friendly Films

Ad Hoc Docs Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Louie Psihoyos

Peggy Callahan, Mark Monroe

Andrew Buckland, Matt Stamm, Joshua Altman, Barry O'Donnell

Dalai Lama, Archbishop Tutu

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Cleveland Peace Action

Trinity Cathedral

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