Academy Award®-winning director Louie Psihoyos returns to Tribeca with his latest film, a profound and jubilant exploration of the remarkable friendship between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Inspired by the international bestseller The Book of Joy, the documentary welcomes viewers into intimate conversations between two men whose resistance against adversity has marked our modern history. Through rare archival footage and affecting animation, the documentary reflects upon their personal hardships as well as the burden both men carry as world leaders dedicated to bringing justice to and fighting authoritarianism in their communities.
Their greatest defiance of all however, appears to be their ability to maintain a mischievous and playful spirit in the face of their circumstances. MISSION: JOY - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times gives a window into the inner lives of these influential figures as they spend a week together laughing, sharing wisdom, and delighting in the rarity of spending time with a good friend. —Michelle Hamada
The world-changing work of Academy Award®-winning director Louie Psihoyos, and acclaimed co-director and producer, Peggy Callahan, has spanned the planet. Their enthralling storytelling enabled the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu to give their final joint gift to the world in Mission: Joy—Finding Happiness in Troubled Times.