In 2021, Academy Award®-winning director Louie Psihoyos teamed up with co-director Peggy Callahan to create Mission Joy – Finding Happiness in Troubled Times. The film gives us a glimpse into the friendship of His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Tutu. In their final joint mission, they  offer timeless 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 the book. Consisting largely of never-before-seen footage shot over 5 days at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, viewers 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.

In memory of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu (7 October 1931 – 26 December 2021), one of the greatest leaders of our time – his beloved humor, courage, moral and spiritual leadership and teachings on forgiveness have been a guiding light to millions.

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