Armed with a camera, imagination, and a desire to create, I set off to meet people on the streets of Zadar, Croatia by asking them to help with a film project (or filmski projekt in Croatian).
In the video, the question I ask is: What Makes You Happy? But it could have been any question. The purpose wasn't necessarily to find the answers to that particular question, but rather to force me to get in the middle of a foreign place, be uncomfortable, and try to engage people to partake in a mysterious project.
The question "what makes you happy?" has hidden, deeper purpose though. The answers themselves are interesting, but they're secondary to the feeling of gratitude I hope the question invokes. Whether it creates that feeling only in the moment, over the next few minutes, or for the rest of the day, it's a powerful thing I've come to appreciate along my journey around Europe. Just asking that question helps me share the feeling.
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1. Nantes by Beirut
2. Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men