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FMTV - Finding Happiness

Finding Happiness

Runtime: 95m 36s | Release date: 2013

Fictional journalist Juliet Palmer, (Elisabeth Rohm, Law and Order, Heroes, American Hustle), an investigative reporter specializing in stories that expose corruption, receives an unusual (and unwanted) assignment from her boss at Profiles magazine: she’ll visit a spiritual community in northern California that has developed alternative solutions to the world’s problems for nearly half a century. While at Ananda World Brotherhood Village, she’ll interview its visionary founder.

With a fair portion of skepticism and a dash of curiosity, Juliet embarks on a professional and personal journey that will open her eyes and change her life. 

Her first contact is with the community’s music director, David Eby, who is assigned as her guide. He picks her up at the Sacramento airport and as Juliet quizzes him about his life before moving to the community, she discovers an intelligent and sensitive soul. Although still skeptical, she arrives at the Ananda Village with a more open mind.

All of the people who Juliet meets are real people, playing themselves, and with unscripted interviews. Her first encounter is with the community’s founder, Swami Kriyananda, who started the first Ananda community in 1969. Prepared to discover inconsistencies between the community’s philosophy of simplicity and high-mindedness, Juliet is disarmed by Kriyananda’s genuine interest in her and their spontaneous conversation. He encourages her to meet whomever she wishes and to come back at the end of her visit to report what she has seen and to ask further questions.  

Featuring:
Elizabeth Rohm
Swami Kriyananda
John M. Jackson
Paramhansa Yogananda
David Eby

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Jacqueline Kassick | 4 days, 11 hours ago
I absolutely love this film! I've watched it many many times... it uplifts my heart and deeply inspires my soul! There's a new documentary called "The Answer", about Swami Kriyananda (the founder of Ananda Community) and his encounter with Paramhansa Yogananda. Also, I'm really looking forward to watching the documentary "2040" , it explores what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. We all need to make these changes now... Please, please make both available on FMTV!!! With much love and gratitude for all the marvellous work you do!
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 3 days, 23 hours ago
We are glad you loved this film, Jacqueline! These titles seem interesting! I will pass this feedback to the team as we may have these added to the list, in the future! Thank you so much for the suggestions :) ~ Pauline@FMTV
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Cythia Jordan | 6 days, 20 hours ago
Lovely!
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Jori | FMTV | 6 days, 10 hours ago
Hi Cythia, glad you loved this ❤️ ~ Jori@FMTV
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Marilyn Read | 1 week, 2 days ago
What a fabulous concept......very inspiring film, it makes your heart Sing many thanks.
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Ivory David | FMTV | 1 week, 2 days ago
So happy you liked the film Marilyn, keep the positive vibe going! ~ Ivory@FMTV
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Rene Horsthuis | 1 month, 4 weeks ago
How inspiring! I could only wish that I could live a life like this <3
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Karelle | FMTV | 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Stay inspired, Rene! Thank you for this lovely feedback. :) ~ Karelle
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Tania Sierra | 2 months ago
I'm lost. Are these actors or real people? Is this a documentary or mockumentary?
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Jesper Upul Westh Olsen | 1 week, 2 days ago
Julie and the editor and the artikel are fictional, but the rest of the people are the real deal. You can also see on the IMDB that most of them are him/herself :)
It is a film shopping how it is like at the Ananda communities. So instead ofmockumentary, it could be called docufiction or docudrama maybe ..?
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