Project Happiness, our feature length documentary film, follows a senior high school class from Mount Madonna School near Watsonville, California, on a journey to discover the true nature of human happiness. Joining them on this quest are students from the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala, India, and students from the Dominion Heritage Academy in Jos, Nigeria.
The students begin their journey by reading the Dalai Lama’s book, Ethics for the New Millennium. Using email, blogs and video cameras, the students from three continents exchanged their cultural perspectives. Over seven months, students share personal stories, opinions and challenges, which created the foundation for life-long friendships.
Following many months of reflection and conversation, the American students travel to India to connect for the first time face-to-face with their counterparts. As a community, they continued to test their theories, ask hard questions and prepare for a private interview with the author of their text, the 14th Dalai Lama.
Culminating on graduation day, this is an experience they will never forget. It is also an opportunity for all of us to see through the eyes of our youth what is most important in the universal quest for lasting happiness.