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Happiness Film Festival 2021 | An Inclusive Journey to Happiness

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Back after a sold-out inaugural run, the theme of 2021’s festival is “An Inclusive Journey Towards Happiness”, which shifts the focus of the discussions to vulnerable and marginalized groups.

We explore the issues faced by these groups through six international films, each paired with a local short film and followed by a dialogue with community leaders working on the ground.

The pandemic has drastically impacted many of these groups, both economically and mentally. The dialogues will focus on how we as a society can support these groups, and also to understand what happiness means in other perspectives.



19 Mar | 7.15PM
JOHN DENVER TRENDING [SOLD OUT]
Set in a Philippine coastal town of Pandan, Antique, the film centers on the character of a poor 14-year old Grade 8 high school student, John Denver Cabungcal (Jansen Magpusao) of Sta. Ines Catholic High School, who is falsely accused of stealing his classmate’s iPad. He is caught on video brawling with this classmate, and because he’s not exactly a popular kid—and having committed some misdemeanors in the past—this video turns viciously viral in the worst ways.

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20 Mar | 2.30PM
STILL HUMAN [SOLD OUT]
A paralyzed and hopeless Hong Kong man meets his new Filipino domestic worker who has put her dream on hold and came to the city to earn a living. These two strangers live under the same roof through different seasons, and as they learn more about each other, they also learn more about themselves. Together, they learn about how to face the different seasons of life.

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21 Mar | 2.30PM
A MAN CALLED OVE [SOLD OUT]
Ove is a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbour from hell.” However, behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heart-warming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

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26 Mar | 7.15PM
THE SPECIALS [SOLD OUT]
Bruno takes care of autistic young people, and Malik helps young people with difficult conditions to find their place in life. As Malik's stray souls help take care of the autistic youth in Bruno's system, new worlds open up for all of them.

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27 Mar | 2.30PM
SKID ROW MARATHON [SOLD OUT]
Craig Mitchell, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, leads the long-distance runner's club out of the Midnight Mission on Skid Row. They raise spirits and give a sense of purpose to people who are homeless, addicted or coming out of the prison system.

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28 Mar | 2.30PM
SORRY WE MISSED YOU [SOLD OUT]
Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill battle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It's hard work, and his wife's job is no easier. The family unit is strong, but when Ricky and his wife are pulled in different directions, everything comes to breaking point.

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For more information on the films and the speakers at the festival, visit our website.




ABOUT HAPPINESS INITIATIVE

Happiness Initiative is a social enterprise that translates the science of happiness and well-being into actions people can take. Hence, helping people live a more fulfilling life and take a preventive approach towards mental health conditions.

We focus on three areas:
1. Raising awareness on the science of wellbeing
2. Translating research into practice and programmes
3. Building a community that promotes the practice of wellbeing.

ABOUT NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL
At NYC, we believe in a world where young people are respected and heard, and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. Together with our partners, we develop future-ready youth who are committed to Singapore by instilling in them a heart for service, resilience and an enterprising spirit.






Mar 19 - Mar 28, 2021
[ Fri ] - [ Sun ]
7:15 PM - 5:00 PM SGT
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Filmgarde Bugis+
Venue Address
2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978 Singapore
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Happiness Initiative
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