The Laughing Club of India

Join the enthusiastic converts to a new alternative trend that recognizes and embraces the healing powers of laughter. People from all works of life are engaging in spontaneous, uninhibited laughter as a means of reducing stress and warding off depression. While the movement’s founders claim that their practices derive from the venerable art of yoga, India’s laughing club reflect an unmistakably modern need to bound with one’s fellows in an otherwise impersonal society.

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35 minutes


16mm, Color


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Mira Nair

Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard University. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her first feature film, Salaam Bombay! was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988; it won the Camera D’Or (for best first feature) and the Prix du Publique for most popular entry at the Cannes Film Festival and 25 other international awards. Subsequent films include the sensuous Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love which she directed and co-wrote. Her latest work, Monsoon Wedding, has won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival 2001.
Monsoon Wedding(2001)