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Stanislaus County Interfaith presents ~ Mission: Joy
The State Theatre
Thursday, Feb 23, 2023 6:30 PM
An exploration of the remarkable friendship between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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Admission Ticket - $8.00

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Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: JOY is a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Tutu. In their final joint mission, these self-described mischievous brothers give a master class in how to create joy in a world that was never easy for them. They offer neuroscience-backed wisdom to help each of us live with more joy, despite circumstances.

Inspired by New York Times bestseller The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, the film showcases the exchange between these two Nobel Peace Prize winners that led to that book. Consisting largely of never before seen footage shot over 5 days at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, the film invites viewers to join these luminaries behind the scenes as they recount stories from their lives, each having lived through periods of incredible difficulty and strife.

With genuine affection, mutual respect and a healthy dose of teasing, these unlikely friends impart lessons gleaned from lived experience, ancient traditions, and the latest cutting-edge science regarding how to live with joy in the face of all of life’s challenges from the extraordinary to the mundane. Mission: Joy is an antidote for the times.

Join us for an open mic community conversation following the film.

Doors at 5:30; film at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8

Film Info
Release Year:2022
Production Country:USA
Original Language:Afrikaans
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Louie Psihoyos
Starring:Dalai Lama
Desmond Tutu
Doug Abrahams
Mpho Tutu van Furth
Thupten Jinpa