Happy Valley

From acclaimed director, Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, My Kid Could Paint That), A&E IndieFilms, Asylum Entertainment and producer John Battsek comes the story of the paedophile scandal that rocked America.

The town of State College, home of Penn State University, lies at the heart of an area long known as Happy Valley. Its iconic figure for more than 40 years was Joe Paterno, head coach of the school’s famous football team, known affectionately as “Saint Joe.”

But in November 2011, everything came crashing down on Paterno and Penn State. Former Assistant Coach, Jerry Sandusky, was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse. Filmed over the year following Sandusky’s arrest, ‘Happy Valley’ chronicles the ensuing media firestorm. Director Amir Bar-Lev takes a multidimensional look at this complicated and tragic tale and creates a parable of guilt, responsibility and identity for a small town caught in the glare of the national spotlight.


  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 98 Mins
  • Production: A&E IndieFilms, Asylum Entertainment and Passion Picture
  • Director: Amir Bar-Lev
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: USA



  • Awards Best Documentary Feature at Sarasota Film Festival 2014 Festivals Sundance, True/False Film Festival, HotDocs, Full Frame Film Festival, Traverse City Festival, Sarasota FF, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2015, Sport Film Festival Palermo 2015

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