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A Small Good Thing

A Small Good Thing is a movie starring Stephen Cope, Tim Durrin, and Shirley Edgerton. We've sought ease, comfort and wealth - but are people happier with more money? What is the science behind a good life? Following several people...

Running Time
1 hours 11 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
History, Documentary, News
Director
Pamela Tanner Boll
Writer
Nancy Kennedy, Pamela Tanner Boll
Actors
Mark Gerow, Tim Durrin, Stephen Cope, Shirley Edgerton
Country
Greece, USA, Rwanda
Year
2015
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

What makes up a happy life? For the longest time, we've been living as though the more we have-the more money, the more goods, the more territory-the happier we'll be. Surprisingly, over the last fifty years our standard of living has improved, but our happiness has not. "A Small Good Thing" follows three main stories - Jen and Pete, an idealistic, young couple who have just purchased land to farm, Tim, an Iraqi vet who uses yoga and cycling to keep addictions at bay, and Shirley, a community organizer who works with urban youth in a city overwhelmed by heroin addiction and blight. Over the course of a year, the film follows them through the inevitable ups and downs of life. To gain insight into the lives of Jen, Pete, Tim and Shirley, the film looks at the science behind our need to be in community and near nature - that it's crucial to human well-being, not some luxury to be reserved for vacations. The film also examines the economy of happiness to show how a connection to land and other people makes financial sense for the planet. Traveling to Greece, the film shows how the economic downturn has forced some people to live in a web of interrelatedness, as they struggle to make a living. In Rwanda, we see how the malnutrition of the developing world is the flip-side of obesity and heart disease in the U.S. The film will explore how a person can overcome obstacles to happiness - the isolation of suburban comfort as well as the despair of poverty - to create joy for themselves. The surprising discovery at the heart of "A Small Good Thing" is that hard -- but not impossible -- is a crucial part of happy.

Comments about history «A Small Good Thing» (22)

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Patricia

This documentary is a great example of what can be done with a film. It tells the story of the global warming movement from the perspective of the people who are fighting it. The film includes interviews with the leaders of countries who are fighting global warming, and gives a pretty clear picture of what the movement is all about. It also features some great interviews with some of the world's leading climate scientists, and gives a good overview of the science behind global warming. The documentary is also very well made, with a great use of slow motion, great sound, and great photography. Overall, this is a great documentary that you should see. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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David Andrews

A small good thing, was one of the most amazing things to happen to my life. When I found out that I had the disease I have, I decided to take a few months off my life. I had not thought much about it but I decided to take a few months off and really think about what it would be like if I was there. I saw a doctor who told me that I would be there for about 5 years and it was really nice to get a chance to reflect. I came back and I had a big smile on my face. I felt very comfortable in the way that I had done it. I had an amazing time. The movie was very interesting and it made me want to do it again. It was very nice to see my brother at the beginning of the movie. He is in a wheelchair and he is doing so well. It was so nice to see my mother and my aunt. I think they were really nice to me. The movie was very nice to me and I am so glad that I took the time to do it. I was so happy that I could share it with everyone. I know that I could use a little encouragement now and then. I wish I could have done more but it was so nice to do something so nice for myself. It is really nice to be able to be a part of something so nice.

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Tiffany F.

This is a nice look at a controversial topic that has not been touched on much in the recent past. In fact, I think the amount of information about this topic that is being revealed is probably a good thing. I don't know if this topic has been adequately discussed in the past. I'm not a medical professional but I don't think it's too much to ask that we learn about all of the possible causes of autism. It's not a new idea but some have been exploring the subject. The film does a good job of showing the issues surrounding autism in the past and current. It also touches on the subject of what the benefits of autism are, and how people may be able to benefit from the condition. The problem is that it's very easy to forget that we are talking about a mental illness. I think that it's a very interesting topic that has not been properly explored in the past. I think it's a great topic for a film that shows all of the potential benefits that autism can bring. It's certainly not a topic that is going to go away anytime soon. The film is not overly informative and there are a few points that are missing. The documentary is not perfect but it's worth a watch.

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Thomas G.

This documentary was made in 2006 and I think I saw it before then. The director was Jack Black and he had a point to make but did not seem to have a good handle on the subject of the documentary. I think the first time I saw this I thought that it was a pretty good documentary and the second time I watched it I thought it was just alright. I think it was the same story but they just had different things to say about it. I also think that the subject was better in the second time. I think the film is interesting and I give it a 7 out of 10.

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Christine B.

I saw this movie at the Chicago Independent Film Festival and it was great. I am in the process of researching an author for my next book and the very nature of my topic and subject matter made this movie a great fit. It was a very honest look at the government's view of the people and the people's role in maintaining and controlling it. The audience I saw this with was very honest and very excited to learn more about their government and how it was run. I was particularly moved by the portrayal of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. I felt that the acting in the movie was very well done. I enjoyed seeing Mark Boal's work, but I really didn't like the direction that he took the film in. Overall, I found this movie very entertaining and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a documentary or an intelligent look at the government.

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Amy Little

Curious if anyone else has seen this, I am the only person to have seen this. I think this is a must see for all the climate scientists, it is a must see for all the protesters who feel their freedom is being curtailed and there is a lot of anger that they are being forced to accept the limits that the IPCC set for emissions of greenhouse gases. If the IPCC is not convinced that we can go beyond pre-industrial levels of greenhouse gas emissions we are going to be in for a really big mess. The film was so well made and the people who made it should be proud of it. It also reminds me of the documentary that was made about the Pope that was shown at the beginning of this year. If anyone has seen this film please let me know. Thanks.

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Peter Olson

This film, about the close of the war in Iraq, is an absolute must see. It gives a new perspective on the events of the war and provides a lot of background information on the people and the events. The film is also very informative about the reasons for the war. The film also shows the various levels of government involvement in the war. This is a must see film for anyone who wants to understand what happened during the war in Iraq. The film also gives the viewer a better understanding of the people who were involved in the war and their motives. The film also gives a more complete picture of the people involved in the war. It also gives the viewer a better understanding of what happened in the war. This film is an absolute must see.

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William Fields

I'd seen about a half dozen of Anthony Bourdain's films before I saw this one, but they always felt like one step ahead of me. This one is a real surprise. I expected a lot more from it, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I got. I'd seen a lot of Bourdain's work and it is always great to see him tackle a subject that is so personal to him. This is one of his most personal documentaries, and I think it is the most well done. The way he pulls back and talks to the subjects is extremely interesting, and it is amazing how the documentary is edited. I thought it was a really great documentary. The most powerful part of it was that he has been filming this for years, but he is still very passionate about it. The best part of the documentary is when he talks about his journey in Australia, and his interactions with his family and friends, which was really touching. I really enjoyed this documentary. I don't think I'll ever look at his documentaries the same way again. I think this was a really good documentary.

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Sharon Allen

If you can get your hands on a copy of this film, give it a watch. I had a chance to watch it at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. I really enjoyed it. The director did a great job of being more accessible to the audience. He was able to tell a great story, and tell it with a straight face. I liked that he was able to get the audience to understand and empathize with the characters, instead of painting them as dumb caricatures. I was able to connect with them and get a sense of the emotions that they were experiencing. This was one of the most emotional films I have seen. If you're looking for a good family film, this one is for you.

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Karen Curtis

The filmmaker, Neil Marshall, is also a cinematographer. He is an accomplished actor and a very prolific director. His films are great but he has a tendency to make a film that is different from the ones he has made before. This is one of the few films that is different from the others. It's a really great documentary about the one-time subject, Mark Wahlberg. The film starts off with a conversation between Mark and the filmmaker, Marshall. The two of them talk about the hardships that they experienced when they were growing up in the 80s. Mark talks about how they had to work twice as hard as their peers to achieve what they wanted. Mark also talks about the time he was rejected by his sister and the way his family treated him. The filmmaker then shows clips from interviews with Mark and his sister, Joanna, in which they talk about how they were treated. The film then switches to the present and it starts with a documentary about the Hollywood Follies. This is when Mark Wahlberg was a child and his family was constantly having problems. They had a car that was stolen and they had to deal with the consequences of it. It's a great movie about the difficult times in Mark's childhood. He has his father in the movie but he also has a mother who is divorced. This is a very hard movie to watch because it's very dark and I think Marshall should have made it a little bit lighter. It's a very sad movie. The interviews with his sister are very interesting. They talk about how she dealt with the abuse and the alcoholism that her brother Mark was living with. I thought the movie was a lot of fun. I think it's a great movie that people will enjoy. It's a great story about the struggles that Mark went through as a child and his sister. The film is a good film and I think it's one of the best documentaries about the Hollywood Follies. I really recommend it.

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Sandra C.

I am not a fan of John Lewis. He is a very polarizing figure. The reason I liked this film is because it has some truly disturbing images. It's not a good film, but it's an important film. I feel like I've seen the documentary on the Flint water crisis. It was well done. I don't think I've ever seen a film that makes you think so much about a subject. It's a good documentary that will make you think.

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Nicole

The documentary about the life and work of John Lennon was one of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time. I saw it with a friend who is also a big John Lennon fan and he was amazed at how good the film was. I have to say that I was surprised at how well the film was. I've read reviews that say that the documentary was too long, and it seemed to be so. However, I believe that the documentary was a good length for a documentary about one of the most controversial and controversial people in history. I was very impressed with how good the documentary was. I think that the film was done very well. I think that the film was a good length and it was very interesting. I believe that it was a good documentary. I think that the documentary was well done. I think that the documentary was very good.

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Kyle R.

This documentary is not what I expected, though I have been a Bernie supporter for many years. The documentary focuses on the achievements of the Bernie movement, and the early challenges it faced. It is a very interesting and insightful documentary. I really do recommend it.

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Louis

There are plenty of "happy" people on the planet. What about the rest of us? If we want to see a more uplifting documentary, watch "Citizen Toxie" (1990) about the war in Vietnam. There's a lot of frustration, sadness, and anger in that film. But this is one of the few that I can truly recommend, because it's a bit more "sociological". What's more, it's more well-done and well-shot than "Small Good Thing". We are not told that the people on the receiving end of this kind of propaganda are all nice, or good, or even nice, in a nice, positive way. In the end, they're all evil, or indifferent, or both. It's sad, but it's true. What a relief that's. "Small Good Thing" is so good it's not only a movie about this subject, but about the subject of all human-nature issues. It's an educational film, but also a moral one. If you have a strong desire to change your outlook on the world, I highly recommend it.

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Pamela

The documentary "A Small Good Thing" (2012) is the second film by the award winning filmmaker Ken Burns. The film is an account of the efforts by President Lyndon Johnson to preserve the legacy of his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Vietnam War. The film includes interviews with many of King's associates, including the famous civil rights leader, Coretta Scott King. It also includes interviews with many of the people that were responsible for the War and are no longer with us. The film focuses on the assassination of King, and the struggle of his widow and other members of his family to discover the truth about what happened that fateful day. This is an extraordinary film. It is very comprehensive in its coverage of the life of King and his accomplishments. It also gives some insight into the life of Dr. King. A very important film.

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Olivia

I have no idea why people like this film. I think it is a poorly executed documentary. I would not watch it again. I have to say, however, that this is not the best documentary I have ever seen. It does not do justice to the brilliant and stunning documentary, You Are Not So Smart, that I have watched several times. The documentary starts with the Soviet Union in the 1950's, and the invention of the transistor. The film talks about how the Soviet Union became a nuclear power. The film goes into a lot of detail about the economic system of the Soviet Union, and how their economy was "manageable" but not what the world wanted. The film is also very thorough about the problems of the people living in the Soviet Union. People were basically held in line, and there was a lot of child labor. The film shows how the workers are treated, and it is very interesting to see how the system is. The film ends with the Soviet Union in the 1990's. The film is divided into five parts, each of which has a different subject. The first two parts, dealing with the development of the Soviet Union and the people in it, are quite interesting, although the third and fourth parts are very interesting and have a lot of information. The fifth part is the interview with Albert Einstein, which is very interesting, as it is the one with which I was most interested. In the documentary, the documentary goes into the life of Albert Einstein, which is the best part of the documentary. The documentary is very good, but it is hard to understand, because there are a lot of scenes in the documentary that are very important, but are difficult to understand. I do not think the documentary is very good, but I do think it is a good documentary.

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Tammy

Truly amazing documentary about the lives and struggles of the individuals involved in the World Trade Center attacks. It is a tribute to the resilience and courage of the individuals involved in the events of September 11, 2001. The people interviewed for this film are very well known to the public. They all are in a lot of ways, heroes. I believe that this documentary does an excellent job in showing the stories of the individuals and the importance of this story. The documentary is made up of very interesting and well-made interviews with the individuals. The interviews are done with a lot of humour and are very entertaining. The interviews are interesting to see the stories behind the interviews. I believe that the documentary is very well done and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in this story.

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Michael H.

I watched this movie a couple of weeks ago and found it to be quite refreshing and it did a great job of illustrating the politics of the era. I think it's a good movie and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes history or politics. I don't know if the director was a historian or not but I think he did a great job of telling the story of the time.

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Frank

As I watched this film, I couldn't help but think of the last time I saw "Mystery Science Theater 3000." It was when I was 7 years old and I watched a rerun of "Strange Bedfellows," and it was all about the famous game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Then, I saw "Mystery Science Theater 3000" again and the last segment of the movie was the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" segment. I thought it was a little creepy and I couldn't wait to see it again. As the movie progressed, I had to admit I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this film. While it was good, it wasn't anything I had seen before. It was different. It was entertaining, but it wasn't exactly memorable. I think the main thing that bothered me about this movie was the music. I don't think the music was good, and I think it was a little overdone. The music in this movie is kind of fun, but it's also distracting. I didn't really enjoy it. I like the music in "Mystery Science Theater 3000" but the music in "A Small Good Thing" was distracting. If you don't mind the music, you'll probably enjoy this movie.

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Laura

It's a little bit of everything. It's a film that takes a look at a day in the life of a young woman living in a small town in the United States. She lives with her mother, who is in a nursing home, her younger brother and sister, and a few other friends. One day she decides to go to a local park to take a walk with her friend and a man. The next day, she finds herself in a car accident. The woman survives, but her brother dies. The man was her brother. The woman has been diagnosed with cancer. Her family and friends are not sure if she will live or die. The film focuses on her and her life in the hospital. The film is very well made and very interesting. It is well worth watching. It's a good film to see and I recommend it to anyone who likes to look at a day in the life of a woman in a nursing home.

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Charles

I recently caught the documentary "I am Not a Witch" on the History Channel, and I have to say that it was an excellent documentary. I'm not a witch, but I have heard a lot about witchcraft, and I have been a bit skeptical about the whole subject. This documentary really convinced me that witchcraft is a real thing, and that it is a very real thing that is practiced all over the world. There are people who are truly witches, and I think that the people who are the most aware of what they are doing are the ones who are being persecuted the most. I think that the documentary did a good job of explaining the history of witchcraft, and explaining how it has evolved over time. I really recommend this documentary to anyone who is interested in the subject.

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Jerry

This documentary about the relationship between Mother Teresa and Mother Teresa's Foundation for the Rights of the Child has an interesting story and I was very impressed with the way it was put together. It's a must see for anyone interested in the life of Mother Teresa.