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What makes us happy?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 | Posted by

Money, social status, possessions–what’s the formula for happiness? It’s a question Roko Belic, co-founder of Wadi Rum Films, set out to answer in making his latest documentary, “Happy.” Associated Students Productions at SSU presents the film at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Warren Auditorium at Ives 101, free to all.

In 2005, Belic’s friend Tom Shadyac (director of “Liar, Liar”) handed the young Sundance award-winning Belic a New York Times article indicating that the United States ranked 23rd on a list of happiest countries. Why, with all the prosperity and freedom Americans enjoy, did we rank so low? Shadyac decided it was time to finance a film project and find out.

“I knew other cultures had a lot to offer us in America. We think we have everything we need, but we don’t,” Belic says. His travels led him from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia. And he found happiness in all corners of the world.

For more information call 664-2382 or watch the “Happy” movie trailer:

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