Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
Originally released in 1968, this documentary was re-released in 1992. The film is the humorous story of two socially conscious, peripatetic nuns who roam the densely populated streets of Chicago, randomly stopping pedestrians to ask them the question: " Are you happy?" The ensuing discussions make for delightful food for thought. Set in 1967, at the height of the Vietnam war, the interviews contain candid remarks about American involvement there. Also touched upon is the troubling problem of race relations and various other social issues. Pushing beyond the issues of the times, people are allowed to open their minds and hearts to reveal their deepest feelings. The Chicago Tribune called the film "a profound and moving experience for the viewer." Interviews are backed by an early soundtrack by "minimalist" composer and performer, Phillip Glass. While dated in some ways, the film still offers valuable insights into issues that continue to face America.