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The Declaration of Independence famously grants us the right to pursue happiness. And Americans spend great amounts of time and energy chasing it. But for many people, we're not even sure ... See full summary »

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The Declaration of Independence famously grants us the right to pursue happiness. And Americans spend great amounts of time and energy chasing it. But for many people, we're not even sure what it is we're chasing. And so, inspired and intrigued by this "unalienable" right, documentary filmmaker Andrew Shapter set out on a cinematic road trip to explore the myths and the truths of the "pursuit of Happiness" in America. Shapter, Director of the critically acclaimed documentary Before The Music Dies, traveled coast-to-coast, speaking with all sorts of Americans. And the film provides an unequaled view into the hearts and minds of spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama, philanthropists, authors, scholars, and everyday people, along with a few artists like John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson. So come along as together we explore common ground and navigate the road to happiness! Written by Anonymous

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Amazing Documentary
6 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Happiness is looks at what truly makes people happy.

This is a wonderful film. Andrew Shapter and his crew travel all across the United States interviewing a wide array of people with different backgrounds from the Dalai Lama to Willie Nelson.

The film does not have a feel of a traditional documentary. Shapter's unique style is carried over from his previous film and I maintained interest in the film from the very beginning to the end.

The film takes some unexpected twists which aids in the riveting and compelling subject, and the way in which it was approached.

I recommend this film that has great insight and a very unique analysis of the pursuit of happiness.


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