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Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

Louie Psihoyos, Peggy Callahan
Screening time  
05.04. / Tuesday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 1 Ticket
09.04. / Saturday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 3 Ticket

Mission: Joy gives us an unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons and Nobel Peace Prize winners who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. Both having lived through periods of incredible difficulty and strife, through intimate conversations, mutual respect and a healthy dose of teasing, they 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. Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, shot over five days at the Dalai Lama's residence and brought by four Academy Award winners, Mission: Joy serves as a true antidote to present times.


Louie Psihoyos

Louie Psihoyos is an Academy Award winning filmmaker and Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS). He is recognized as one of the top still photographers in the world, having created iconic images for National Geographic for 18 years, and hundreds of covers for other magazines. Psihoyos’ first documentary film, The Cove, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film of 2009 and over 75 other awards around the world. The film garnered immense critical praise and has been seen by millions of viewers worldwide. His second film, Racing Extinction, follows a team of artists and activists as they expose the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images. The film premiered on Discovery in 220 countries and territories on the same day, was nominated for an Emmy (Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking) and an Academy Award (Best Song) and sparked the #StartWith1Thing movement. Psihoyos’ recently finished directing The Game Changers, executive produced by James Cameron.


Peggy Callahan

Peggy Callahan’s sense of fairness (or maybe masochism) has driven her work in television and human rights activism. She has spent decades as a reporter, producer, director, and TV executive telling stories about poverty, the foster care system, the death penalty, farmworkers, racism, homelessness and slavery to name just a few. Peggy’s powerful, award-winning storytelling has helped change laws and lives. Peggy co-founded two international anti-slavery organizations that have helped free tens of thousands of people from slavery, consulted with governments around the world and helped get laws passed against slavery in the US and abroad. Currently, Peggy heads an anti-slavery organization, Voices4Freedom, which has 37 transitional schools in India that help free entire villages from slavery.

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Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

2021, 90'

Directed by:
Louie Psihoyos, Peggy Callahan

Jason Eksuzian, Zachary Fink

Edited by:
Andrew Buckland, Matt Stamm, Joshua Altman, Barry O Donnell

Dominic Messinger

Peggy Callahan, Mark Monroe

Festivals & Awards:

Tribeca FF (2021)
Mill Valley FF (2021)
Boulder IFF (2021)
Palm Springs IFF: Special Mention (2022)


The Film Collaborative
Jeffrey Winter