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When I Was Young I Said I Would Be Happy

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In 1994, one million people were murdered in the Rwandan genocide, leaving hundreds of thousands of orphans to survive. When I Was Young I Said I Would Be Happy is the transformational story of the first group of twelve orphaned genocide survivors, who take part in a new form of sustainable humanitarian aid, called Project LIGHT, that powerfully leverages the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

The film shows the impact of PTSD on individuals and across a society where dissociation is so extreme and commonplace that it passes as unremarkable. When I Was Young I Said I Would Be Happy illuminates new possibilities for global healing when those in need are provided resources for healing mind, body, spirit, and heart. In only two short years, the first Project LIGHT Ambassadors paid forward their healing to hundreds—from Rwanda to Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

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    78 minutes
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  • Director
    Paul J. Lynch
  • Producer
    Barnet Bain
  • Executive Producer
    Lori Leyden, Nicolas M. Ortner
  • Cast
    J.T. Lewis, Scarlett Lewis, Lori Leyden
  • Editor
    Ellen Goldwasser