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Directed by
Adam Davidson 
Writing credits
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Produced by
Garth Stein .... co-producer
Original Music by
Thomas Cabaniss 
Cinematography by
Anghel Decca 
Art Direction by
Claudia Mohr 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Sledge .... second assistant director
Art Department
Mark Anderson .... art department
Justin Berlin .... art department
Susan Langfur .... art department
Yvonne Streisinger .... art department
Sound Department
Stuart Emanuel .... sound editor
Mark Paperno .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Barr .... second assistant camera
Jess V. Carpenter .... first assistant camera (as Jess Carpenter)
James Frommel .... gaffer
Peter Kenney .... dolly grip
Brian Lindström .... grip
Greg Mottola .... grip
Benjamin Wolf .... key grip
Other crew
Sue Arbuthnot .... production department
Chris Chang .... production department
Ethan Cohen-Sitt .... production department
Paola di Paola .... production department
Giuseppina DiRaimondo .... script supervisor
Peter Moore .... production department


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USA:12 min
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Happiness, Which Is Usually Invisible, 29 June 2013
Author: AdamHawkes from Japan

This film consists of racial discrimination, difference between richness and poverty and genuine happiness. A woman, who is white, misses a train because it takes time after she bumps into a man and gathers all of her scattered possessions. She is depressed and goes to a lunchroom in the station. She gets salad and tries to eat it, but she realizes that she forgets to bring a fork. Therefore she leaves her seat to get a fork and returns there to find a man, who is black, eating the salad. She is angry with him and tries to get it back, but he won't stop eating it. She gives up and eats the salad with him. When they finish it, things will start.

At first, I thought this film was a ind of tragedy because the woman is so unfortunate that a lot of troubles happens around her. However, in the middle of this film, it made a different impression on me. It is a rather heart-warming film. When you watch the ending, you might realize that my words make sense.

In addition to this, this film shows several problems, such as racial discrimination and poverty. In the station, there are a lot of people including both whites and blacks. Most whites are well-off compared with blacks. In the situation, the white woman and the black man eat one salad together. It is profound and had me think about the problems.

Today when a lot of things are very confusing, happiness is invisible. Therefore most of us hardly ever notice it. We should have breaks and watch around. This film taught me such a thing.

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