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A Film Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Four Academy Award winners coming together to make a once-in-a-generation film with a just-in-time message.

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  • Laugh-out-loud funny
  • Poignant. Powerful. Practical.
  • Never-before-seen footage of profound conversations and outrageous moments

Our Cameras Captured Everything From This Historic Meeting

In what is likely their last time together, we trace the epic life stories of these Nobel Peace Prize winners as they faced oppression, exile, death threats, cancer, and more — unbowed and still laughing.

They are opposites in many ways, yet their friendship shows us that our shared humanity is bigger than our differences.

Their life stories remind us that joy is an inside job, that joy and pain are inseparable, and that deep connection is one of the secrets to joy.

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Joy is the reward of seeking to give joy to others.


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Meet the self-described ‘Mischievious Brothers’

One grew up in a palace in Tibet.

The other grew up in poverty in South Africa.

One a Buddhist; the other a Christian.
Yet their friendship shows us that true connection overcomes our differences. They are on a mission to help us all live with more joy.
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Desmond Tutu

An Anglican cleric, theologian, and social justice hero. He was a prominent opponent of the apartheid system of racial segregation and white-minority rule—work he continued despite death threats and attempted assassinations—for which he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

His Holiness 
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The spiritual leader of Tibet describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk, but he is better known for his work regarding compassion, inter-religious understanding and the intersection of modern science and spirituality. He was given a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his work on nonviolence.

The Film Team

The Holy Men’s message has inspired a talented team of filmmakers who have been working together for three years to bring this film to life:
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And featuring…

In addition to His Holiness and the Archbishop, the film features:

The Book of Joy

The film was inspired by the international bestseller, The Book of Joy, co-authored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Doug Abrams.

37 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list

40 countries it’s been published in

1.4 million books sold

26 million views of related video content

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