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Monday, December 22, 2008

Iranian Nobel Winner's Office Shut Down

The Associated Press reports that Iranian authorities shut down the office of a human rights group led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi on Sunday as the group was preparing to honor a political activist who spent 17 years in prison in the Islamic republic.

Learn more about Ebadi and her endeavors in the documentary SHIRIN EBADI, A SIMPLE LAWYER as it features an in-depth interview conducted in her Tehran office, speeches at numerous international conferences, and a visit to the children's center she founded.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Anand Patwardhan's Statement on the Tragedy in Mumbai

Award-winning Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan released a statement on the recent terror attacks in Mumbai.

Patwardhan has been making political documentaries for nearly three decades. He has relentlessly pursued diverse and controversial issues that are at the crux of social and political life in India.

Read the statement here.

Learn more about Anand Patwardhan's films here.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

An infectious laugh!

The Washington Post reports that scientists have found that happiness is contagious and can spread like a virus. The study was conducted over 20 years on more than 4,700 people and demonstrates that people who are happy or become happy boost the chances that someone they know will be happy.

In HOW HAPPY CAN YOU BE?, filmmaker Line Hatland, who admits to not being as happy as she'd like to be, seeks answers to this question by interviewing and showing the work of some of the world's leading researchers on happiness, or "objective well being," including psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists, and neuroscientists.

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