“I believe in my heart that the spirit of community, unity, and harmony that reside in the Ananda community and are so eloquently displayed in Finding Happiness is our future and how we will live one day as humans.
While in most part of today’s world we are far from living in that kind of harmony and unity, the fact that reality exists already today fills me with a sense of hope and empowerment. The truth is that in order for us to find happiness, we don’t have to believe in one thing or another or live in a certain way. Rather, we have simply to go within to discover and embrace that divine existence of joy.
Finding Happiness reminds us all of that very important fact, and in a way that leaves the viewer yearning to unveil and discover more about this way of being and loving the moment the film has ended.” -Christine Andrew, President, CoSozo
“I really enjoyed Finding Happiness. It’s an excellent blend of fact and fiction—very rarely do you find the two combined so effectively within one piece of work. It’s the kind of film during which you’re so caught up in what’s being presented that the entire hour and a half passes and it feels like only five minutes have gone by!” -Erica Roberts, writer, The Mindful Word magazine, Canada
“Finding Happiness is a treasure — a beautiful film about how one man helped create heaven on earth. Very inspiring and so relevant.” – Christiane Northrup, M.D., Ob/Gyn physician, author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“Saw the movie today at the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley. I went with an open mind and was simply stunned by the professional quality of the production and the sincere, concise and clear explanation of how Ananda communities were created and the foundations upon which they continue to thrive and grow. Kudos to everyone who were a part of this amazing and powerful story.” P.P., Grass Valley, Ca.
“An intriguing docudrama offering a fascinating glimpse into day-to-day life inside an idyllic spiritual community dedicated to cooperation, simplicity and sustainability in sharp contrast to the material world where competition and consumerism reign supreme.” – Kam Williams, Syndicated Critic / AALBC.com
“When the movie started, I was transported to different world, where people live together in cohesion, with love and service to Humanity. There is peace in every scene, and joy in people’s faces. I felt transcended seeing the movie, tears of overwhelming emotions rolled down my eyes throughout the film. In a country like America, what an inspiration that such beautiful place like Ananda Village exists. It is a heaven on Earth.” – S.S.R., New Delhi, India
“As a former journalist and award-winning documentary producer, I found the film surprisingly moving and authentic.” – J.S., Portland, Oregon
“A film full of emotion, this movie is bound to change people’s lives and transform their minds. A visionary perspective of Swami Kriyananda for the world for the future. With today’s global confusion, now is the perfect time to see this movie, and see that common people can make their lives better. The end of the movie leads you to a big silence, where words are nothing, the soul is everything.” – C.I., Bucharest, Romania
“A wonderful movie that brings out the beauty of living harmoniously with nature, in a community that is self sustaining and filled with love, care, compassion. It helps us to see ourselves as world citizens in the bargain. – S.R., Delhi, India
“Finding Happiness gave me optimism for the future and upliftment beyond words.” — D.D., Palo Alto, CA
“This movie has the power to change the world.” — A.S., Italy
“Watch this movie, and then look at your own life. You will see that you can always choose…happiness.” – C.U., Bucharest, Romania
“The film touches one’s inner being in its quest for peace, irrespective of who, what or where people belong.” – V.S., New Delhi, India
“I loved Finding Happiness It felt it was an honest and beautiful portrayal of the essence of a place where people work together, supporting each other materially and spiritually to become the most expansive expressions of who they really are. What a beautiful film! What a beautiful movement!” – E.G., Mountain View, CA
“Finding Happiness filled me with feelings of love, hope, joy and delight that there is a way….a way to be together where peace and inspiration reign in day-to-day living….a way to integrate spirituality into everyday life….living with respect, integrity, and compassion for fellow community dwellers and for all humanity. As this way continues to blossom forth, it can’t help but bring our ‘oneness’ into view…..with World Peace as the destination!!” – J.B., Seattle, WA
“Inspiring. Thought-provoking. Emotionally impactful. I thought a lot about how I can use these teachings to help my mom, who has stage 4 cancer.” -LC, Roseville, CA
“A very inspirational film. It brought tears to me.” -LJ, Nevada City, CA
“The film has the divine power to initiate desire to make life-changing investigation and experiences” -RGB, Nevada City, CA
“Absolutely delightful. Visually gorgeous. An invitation for others to do the same.” -DMF, Sebastopol, CA
Overhead at the Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley in October (from Gauri)
When buying tickets, there was a young couple in front of me.
Girl: “which movie should we watch?”
Boy: “hmm… finding happiness?”
Girl: “sounds good, a movie about happiness can’t go wrong”
When they got into the theater, they started talking to an older couple, asking them whether they knew what the movie was going to be about. Neither of them did; they all got drawn to watch the movie just by reading the name.
After the movie, people walked out of different rooms, talking, laughing, making lots of noise… the people who were in the finding happiness showing all walked out silently… one man in front of me, while walking out, said to his friend “now that’s a life worth living…”
After the screening at the Moondance Film Festival, actor David Eby interviewed people as they came out from seeing the film. This is what some of them said:
“I’m kind of an emotional guy, and I’m not embarrassed to say that the movie brought tears of joy and happiness to my eyes. I feel in my heart right now a love for the people, for the movie. Seeing it makes me want to meditate more.”
“It draws you into a different atmosphere, one where you feel uplifted. I was especially moved during the song, the part in India.”
“A profound and artful film. The contrast between the skyscrapers of New York and the trees brought a powerful message.”
“These are the people of tomorrow: kind, not tense, creative.”
“This is the first film I have watched which I didn’t want to end. Even after the climax I wanted it to go on and on.”
See More Exit Interviews after the film: