History of Joy: Social Justice

The History of Joy: Social Justice is PART ONE of Vanguard Culture's 4-PART FILM SERIES inspired by the 8 pillars of joy outlined in The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Doug Abrams. This segment explores Social Justice through the lens of Humility and Perspective.

The Book of Joy suggests that joy is not an external thing to strive for, but rather something that lives within us and which "can be accessed at any time in spite of life's inevitable suffering."
The History of Joy was produced by Vanguard Culture, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing San Diego's creative industry workforce. This project employed a total of 37 creatives and was comprised of 62% BIPOC (Black & Indigenous People of Color), including 2 trans womxn. In addition to this full-length feature film, Vanguard Culture partnered with 22 arts organizations and facilitated dozens of conversations about the themes of the film with some of San Diego’s most notable creatives in dance, theatre, opera, puppetry, visual arts, and more. Produced in partnership with award-winning poet laureate nominee Gill Sotu and The Rosin Box Project.

Learn more about Vanguard Culture here: https://vanguardculture.com/vc-gives-back/


- Social Justice: Featuring creative content and conversations by Pacific Arts Movement, artist Neil Shigley, North Coast Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts. https://youtu.be/dTKED_a5njk

-Generations & Sacred Rituals: Featuring creative content and conversations by the San Diego Shakespeare Society, Konstellation Press, Malashock Dance, Project BLANK, and PGK Dance Project. https://youtu.be/WMGsug2EW9U

- WomenX: Featuring creative content and conversations by ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair, San Diego Italian Film Festival, DiscoRiot, and the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery. https://youtu.be/Q5pc4FEJBa8

- Our Earth: Featuring creative content and conversations by Improvisation Project Network, Institute for Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla Historical Society, Diem Jones & Dr. Carol Penn, and La Cocina Secreta. https://youtu.be/rhznKpPylPU

  • Susanna Peredo Swap
  • Gill Sotu
  • Zia Carrasco
    Key Cast
  • Malachi Beasley
    Key Cast
  • Dori Salois
    Key Cast
  • Vanguard Culture
  • Carly Topazio
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 36 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • World Premiere Screening - Museum of Photographic Arts
    San Diego
    United States
    April 28, 2022
    Museum of Photographic Arts
    Official Selection - SoCal Film Awards; Offical Selection & Best First Time Filmmaker Award - San Diego Movie Awards;
  • SoCal Film Awards
    San Diego
    United States
    January 16, 2022
    North American World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • San Diego Film Awards
    San Diego
    United States
    August 26, 2022
    North American World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • San Diego Movie Awards
    San Diego
    United States
    January 31, 2022
    Best First Time Filmmaker
Director Biography - Susanna Peredo Swap

SUSANNA PEREDO SWAP has over twenty years of experience as an arts administrator, actor, jazz vocalist, arts advocate, and public relations specialist. While working for the San Diego International Airport Art Program she curated over eighty exhibitions with some of San Diego’s best museums, artists and galleries; as well as a fantastic roster of talent for its performing arts series. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Art Institute; as Board Vice President of the Alliance Française de San Diego; Board Vice President of the San Diego REPertory Theatre; President of the National City Public Art Committee and Vice Chair of the Port of San Diego’s Public Art Committee. Susanna is a magna cum laude graduate of San Diego State University where she majored in Humanities and minored in French. She holds a Professional Certificate in The Cycle: Management of Successful Arts and Cultural Organizations from the Devos Institute of Arts Management, University of Maryland; a Professional Certificate in Business for Arts and Nonprofit Arts Organizations from University of San Diego; a Certificate in Photography: Images and Techniques from University of California, San Diego; studied Art History at the Université Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV); and History of Video Art at the École du Louvre in Paris, France. Her passion for the visual, performing, and culinary arts has taken her to over fifteen countries and inspired her to create an organization that aims to bring people together across different backgrounds, interests and creative professions.

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