Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

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Capri Theater Tue, May 10, 2022 7:00 PM
Pop's Art Theater Rochester Sun, May 15, 2022 2:30 PM
The Main 2 Mon, May 16, 2022 7:15 PM
Virtual Available In:USA
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Women & Film
Human Rights
Culture & Society
Social Justice
Science & Technology
Release Year:2021
Runtime:90 min
Print Source:The Film Collaborative
Director:Louie Psihoyos
Peggy Callahan
Executive Producer:Darla Anderson
Susan Bauer-Wu
Jessie Creel
Damien de Froberville
Geralyn White Dreyfous
Jamie Drummond
Ryan Gall
Rip Gellein
Shannon O'Leary Joy
Jane Kachmer
Connie Kemmerer
Paulo Lima
Bridgit Lombard
Tommee May
Pam Omidyar
Orly Ravid
Regina K. Scully
Shannon Sedgwick-Davis
Mari Snyder Johnson
Joni Winston
Producer:Peggy Callahan
Ben Fritz
Michael M. McGuire
Mark Monroe
Cinematographer:Zachary Fink
Jason Eksuzian
Editor:Joshua Altman
Andrew Buckland
Barry O Donnell
Matthew Stamm
Composer:Dominic Messinger


The profound friendship between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and their embrace of an all-encompassing happiness in life — despite the incredible challenges that both have faced —is examined in this uplifting documentary from Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) and Peggy Callahan.

Inspired by the international bestseller, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, this inspiring and instructive documentary captures the final public dialogues between these two icons. Self-described as “mischievous brothers”, Rev. Tutu and the Dali Lama examine the myriad ways in which we can discover joy in the worst of situations. Mission: Joy sees the two men sharing stories of their lives, their friendship, discussing scientific research into the benefits of living a joyful life and much more. In a world where social media and partisanship seem to prevail, Mission: Joy — Finding Happiness in Troubled Times is an uplifting documentary that is also grounded in real life.

Director Biography

Louie Psihoyos Peggy Callahan

Louie Psihoyos’ debut documentary, The Cove (2009), won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Mission: Joy (2021) is his most recent film.

Peggy Callahan directed the documentary short film The Unit: Lessons on Living & Dying (2018). Mission: Joy — Finding Happiness in Troubled Times (2021) is her debut documentary feature.