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A Small Good Thing
Gardens for Health in Rwanda (Credit: Mystic Artists)

A Small Good Thing is a documentary by Pamela Tanner Boll that explores the disparity between material wealth and personal happiness, by following several individuals as they seek to lead more meaningful lives, forming strong bonds with their families, communities, and the natural world around them.

A Small Good Thing explores what it takes to live a good life at the beginning of this new century. This film follows six people who, despite economic concerns and high levels of stress, have found more meaning in their lives, a closer bond with their families and communities, and a deeper connection to themselves and the natural world. The surprising discovery at the heart of A Small Good Thing is that hard — but not impossible — is a crucial part of a good life. The stories inspire us to make small, good changes in our daily lives.

The film asks whether we can change our larger goals as a nation, how by working in small but meaningful ways, we can overcome obstacles to happiness – the isolation of suburban comfort as well as the despair of poverty — to create joy for ourselves and others.

A Small Good Thing will be released by Kino Lorber’s Alive Mind Cinema label, specializing in documentaries in the areas of enlightened consciousness, secular spirituality and culture. The film will become available on VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu on December 20th, to be followed by a DVD release early next year.

“A Small Good Thing does not pretend to have all the answers,” said director Pamela Tanner Boll. “However, the film asks whether we can change our larger goals as a nation and learn from the rest of the world about the small truths that are the sources of human happiness. We’re so thrilled to be partnering with Kino Lorber in bringing the film to much wider audiences to help them explore how working in small but meaningful ways, people can overcome obstacles to happiness.”

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