Smile ’til It Hurts: The Up With People Story

Friday, August 7 - Thursday, August 13, 2009

Screening in DocuWeeks 2009. SMILE ‘TIL IT HURTS: THE UP WITH PEOPLE STORY explores the cleancut, smile-drenched singing phenomenon Up With People. The group was born in response to the counter-culture of the ’60s, spun from the controversial maneuverings of a religious sect called Moral Re-Armament, backed by millions of corporate dollars, and launched around the globe to exemplify conservative American values. Told by former Uppies whose compelling stories take us on an intimate journey, the film reveals what happens when ideology, money and groupthink converge to co-opt youthful idealism.

Filmmaker in person Fri 8/7 at 9:50 and Mon 8/10 at 7:55!

  • Country USA
  • Language English
  • Rating NR
  • Year 2009
  • Running Time 79 minutes
  • Distributor Storey Vision Productions
  • Director Lee Storey

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