THE UNLONELY FILM FESTIVAL: BEST OF FEST

Happiness Tastes Like Orange Juice

A young man navigates his education under the shadow of his depression, undergoing extraordinary personal growth as he learns to open up about his mental health battle.

This film contains scenes or descriptions that some viewers may find disturbing, including descriptions of suicide, and/or may not be suitable for younger audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Talking with others about a shared arts experience can enrich our perspectives. Watch this video to explore the film’s meaning and major themes a bit more.

Meet the Filmmaker

Sindha Agha is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who has quickly made a name for herself by creating viral digital pieces with distinct & vibrant visuals. Sindha kicked off her career by writing & directing “Birth Control Your Own Adventure,” a tragicomic short acquired by The New York Times. “Birth Control” quickly reached 12.5 million organic Facebook views and was nominated for a 2019 News & Documentary Emmy. The film was also accepted into Tribeca and Palm Springs Film Festivals as a part of their official selection. Sindha has since been awarded two separate Sundance Institute fellowships, directed two seasons of her critically-acclaimed series “Body Language” for BBC Three, been nominated for “Video of the Year” by the Society of Publication Designers and contributed to Radiolab, The New Yorker and The Atlantic.

This film originally appeared on BBC Three

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Join the Conversation

How does the film change your perspective on what addiction can look like? When nothing outwardly seems wrong, how can we check-in with friends and family to make sure they’re coping and have someone to confide in?

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4 Comments

  1. Sarah

    I appreciate anything that attempts to lessen the stigma of mental health. I agree with the narrator, “I was unwell” and “I was mentally unwell” should get the same reactions. But I admit to not knowing what to say when someone shares their mental health struggles. This film sheds light on that. I will try to do better.

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  2. Sassy

    I felt all his sadness x10

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  3. Anonymous

    I can relate to the sense of being alone and feeling like no one understands.

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  4. Anonymous

    I feel like lots of people are experiencing depression and sadness and know what it’s like, however because of that I don’t want to share about mine and possibly add to what they’re going through or act as if more than my share of help. So somehow, even though I know depression is a common experience and lots of people would be understanding, I still feel alone.

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