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‘Happy Valley’ explores Penn State sex-abuse scandal

PARK CITY, Utah — The filmmaker behind the new documentary about the Penn State sexual-abuse scandal says that both the family of Joe Paterno, the university’s late revered football coach, and the lawyer for the victims expressed satisfaction with the film.

‘‘To have total polar opposite perspectives feel a sense of gratification that the film represents their perspective accurately is really something I am proud of,’’ said documentarian Amir Bar-Lev in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, where his documentary ‘‘Happy Valley’’ premiered. Bar-Lev screened the film for Paterno’s widow, Sue, his two sons, Scott and Jay, and lawyer Tom Kline before it premiered at Sundance. All appear in the film.

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