‘Mission: Joy’ District screening spreads positive message to community

Screening link allows families to watch inspirational documentary together


Oak Park Unified School District screened an uplifting documentary, “Mission: Joy” by means of an online link April 25 and 26. The inspiring film pictures two well-known religious leaders, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

These religious figures have found friendship in the company of one another and share their teachings in a master class on creating a world full of happiness, even in times of adversity.

Although there are a few scenes and portrayals of gruesome activities such as domestic and historical violence, the film is predominantly motivational and is suitable to be viewed by children who are in the sixth grade and up. 

OPUSD aims to shed light on the Oak Park community and its students through events like these.

“We are certainly living in challenging times, and finding not just resiliency, but joy is essential,” Director of Student Support and School Safety Brad Benioff wrote in a StudentSquare post. “We feel this film brings an important message to our students and community.”