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Menlo Park resident featured in documentary on happiness

Film will be shown Saturday night at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco

A Menlo Park resident will be featured in "Happy," a documentary film by Academy Award nominee director Roko Belic that explores the reasons for happiness.

Injured severely when she was run over by a truck, Melissa Moody underwent 30 surgeries to reconstruct her face.

Mr. Belic wanted to know why she wasn't a "bitter recluse." Instead, she is social, smiling and active, and "embraces life and loves to help others," according to a news release for the film. "During her years of total disability, Melissa embarked upon a profound journey to heal her body, soul and psyche."

She now works at the School for Self-Healing, a San Francisco nonprofit that helps people with physical and visual challenges.

In addition to Ms. Moody, the film portrays people from Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in India, and interviews scientists who have studied the substance of happiness.

The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St. in San Francisco. Mr. Belic plans to be at the theater and will answer questions after the screening.

Mr. Belic was nominated for best documentary at the Academy Awards for his 1999 directorial debut, "Genghis Blues." "Happy" is the second film he has directed, according to the database IMDb.

For more information from the Roxie Theater, click here.

For more information on the film and to see the trailer, click here.

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