May I Be Happy
Dir. Eric Georgeault and Hélène Walter (USA/France 2017)
Run Time: 1 hour 17 min
Friday May 25th 4:30 PM
This film follows a collection of California schools that have chosen to introduce mindfulness as part of the core curriculum for students of varying grade levels. It is beautifully executed through the experience of students and teachers. Each story explores a different mindful technique, demonstrating a multitude of benefits that transcend the classroom and impact these kids' daily lives.
In a world shaped by the fast-paced information exchange via news and social media, students are finding it harder to focus on their studies and on being present in the classroom.
I identify with the challenge of being present in my own life. Watching this film made me feel calmer. The tone of the film and the pace at which the stories are presented lines up perfectly with the messages being taught. It was heartwarming to hear these success stories and see happy teenagers equipped with tools to manage their emotions. This film gave me hope for the next generation.
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