Director: Gordon Quinn and Jerry Temaner
USA / 1968 / 60 min
Introduced by Gordon Quinn
Last streamed on Sun, Feb 13
Quinn and Temaner, two of the founders of the Chicago documentary cooperative Kartemquin Films who’d been profoundly inspired by Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch’s 1961 Chronicle of a Summer, enlisted two young nuns to hit the city streets in the turbulent year of ’68 and pose a question to the men and women that they’d meet: “Are you happy?” The result, produced for Chicago’s Catholic Adult Education Center, is a time capsule of a city and a nation on the brink, struggling to negotiate domestic unrest at home and a catastrophic quagmire in Vietnam, and a disarming and affecting film borne along by the first credited film score of none other than a young Philip Glass.