Finding Happiness is a film that captures a joyful reality. With a unique story directly from the heart and soul of each person who has lived it. Told through the eyes of a New York investigative journalist, Finding Happiness takes us on a journey to see how people can live in harmony, collaboration, compassion, cooperation, ...more
Finding Happiness is a film that captures a joyful reality. With a unique story directly from the heart and soul of each person who has lived it. Told through the eyes of a New York investigative journalist, Finding Happiness takes us on a journey to see how people can live in harmony, collaboration, compassion, cooperation, peace and love together in a conscious community called Ananda - which means "joy" less
“Finding Happiness is a documentary that will delight the viewers who are interested in the spiritual subject it deals with. ”
Finding Happiness is clever in how it uses the "vehicle" of an investigative reporter to scope out Ananda the community and spiritual quest for us. Said journalist is played by Elisabeth "Law And Order" Rohm who brings the right amount of scepticism and "I will get to the bottom of this" spirit to it. And of course Rohm articulates the "pshaw! the things people do" that lurked beneath the surface when it came to the theater audience this evening.
What didnt work for me is that Finding Happiness--the film, has all the personality of sitting through 90 minutes of a Time Share/Vacation Home presentation. Beautiful locales yes, but the endorsements and affirmations are too rehearsed, polished for the "spotaneous joy" they are trying to create. And the forced laughs, ugh.
In all it is about a community that is big on "simple living high thinking", very white people, who assure you that Jesus is one of their gurus (and that is why his picture shares pride of place on the altar), in fact the Indian yogis came to Northern America to show parallels between the yogi way of life and the way Christ wanted his flock to lead their lives. So again really white people living the good, spiritual life---yes there is one dreadlocked, I am guessing Carribean, gentleman who has taken to a monk's life and installs solar panels in India. India makes an appearance as the Land Where the Great Swami Came From and responsible for most of the dabka wala kurtas the colony supports; but unfortunately it is also the land where there ARE SO MANY POWER CUTS, hence (West) Indian monk is thinking up of some invention which should make money, but not too much money, which he can donate to the Ananda community and think of some sustainable source to store up that solar energy.
And then this mature age woman starts speaking of Conscious Conception and choosing the right souls as your progeny and her strapping two boys start speaking of their own journey--and I started thinking of a hundred ways where I could regain my own happiness.