About the film

This newly restored 1968 film follows two young nuns, members of the Michigan-based Adrian Dominicans, through the politically fraught climate of Chicago in 1968, where they ask strangers a simple question — “Are you happy?” — and receive answers that range from banal to profound, finding both humor and sadness in interactions with a lonely girl, a happy mother, young lovers, hippie musicians, a sociologist and several others. The appealingly bare-bones production is notable on multiple fronts: It contains the first film score by Philip Glass, and it’s one of the earliest productions by Kartemquin Films, the nonprofit Chicago documentary house behind acclaimed works such as “Hoop Dreams,” “The Interrupters” and “Minding the Gap.”


1:30 p.m. Sun., April 14
Detroit Historical M

Film credits

Year: 1968
Run time: 1 hour, 6 minutes
Directors: Gordon Quinn, Jerry Temaner
Producers: Louis Marrone, Vaile Scott, InterMedia, Kartemquin Films
Editor: Gordon Quinn
Composer: Philip Glass