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FILM SUGGESTIONS
Excellent Event Ideas


SNV-SPONSORED PRESENTATIONS:

Season for Nonviolence Video Overview

Produced by the Association for Global New Thought
A seven minute video overview of the SNV Campaign since inception. Includes narration
and a musical slideshow of photos submitted by SNV task forces all over the world. Good
presentation tool to introduce the SNV Campaign to new audiences.


Many Roads

Produced by Rainmaker Digital Media
A powerful one minute promotional video with digitally generated graphic images to create a
profound understanding of the Season for Nonviolence concept. Narrated by guest actor,
Adam Arkin.


Abraham Path Initiative

15 minute introductory video

 

MORE VIDEOS AND FILMS:

A FORCE MORE POWERFUL

AFRICA: SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND

CITIZEN KING

DIALOGUE AT WASHINGTON HIGH

DOING TIME, DOING VIPASSANA

FAMBOL TOK

FATHER G AND THE HOMEBOYS

GLOBAL ONENESS PROJECT

HIDDEN BATTLES

IN REMEMBRANCE OF MARTIN

LEUR SONGE DE LA PAIX

LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM

NOT IN GOD'S NAME

PAPER CLIPS

PEACEMAKERS:
Palestinians & Jews Together at Camp

PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL

SYNTHESIS DIALOGUES

THE AWAKENING UNIVERSE

THE COMING OF THE DIVINE CHILD OF HUMANKIND

THE DHAMMA BROTHERS

THE INTERRUPTERS

THE LEADERSHIP OF LOVE

THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS

WHISPERS ON THE WIND: a film for Peace

RIPPLES OF HOPE

 

A Force More Powerful

explores one of the 20th century's most important but least understood stories: how nonviolent power has overcome oppression and authoritarian rule all over the world. Narrated by Ben Kingsley, and nominated for an Emmy, A Force More Powerful premiered on PBS in September 2000. (2 X 84 min)
http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org

 

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Africa: Search for Common Ground

A documentary series told by local people that examines conflicts across the continent and how they are being resolved in nonviolent ways. Produced in 1998. Aired throughout Africa. Available in English, French and Portuguese-narrated versions. The English version comprises eight 30-minute segments; the French and Portuguese versions comprise thirteen 30-minute segments. For detailed descriptions of each segment. The cost of this series is $15.00 per segment on DVD and $10.00 per segment on VHS.
http://www.sfcg.org/programmes/cgp/cgp_africa2.html

 

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Citizen King: A PBS Documentary

Citizen King pushes past the myths that have obscured King's story to reclaim the history of a people's leader. Using the personal recollections, diaries, letters, and eyewitness accounts of friends, family, journalists, law enforcement officers and historians, this film brings fresh insights to King's difficult journey, his charismatic -- if at times flawed -- leadership, and his truly remarkable impact.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/mlk/filmmore/index.html

 

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Dialogue at Washington High

A Jewish and a Palestinian exemplar model how to connect with the "other" beginning
with personal Story. Tenth grade high school students then engage each other in dyads
with a new quality of listening. The diverse youth speak about their new way of
communicating. A 2007 film by the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group San Mateo,
California, USA.
Request DVD at http://traubman.igc.org/vidschool.htm

 

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Doing Time, Doing Vipassana

What difference does inner peace make in a person’s life? How can we find it? Is it possible for a meditation practice to shift the minds and hearts of even hard core prisoners? Winner of the Golden Spire Award at the 1998 San Francisco International Film Festival, this extraordinary documentary takes viewers into India's largest prison - known as one of the toughest in the world - and shows the dramatic change brought about by the introduction of Vipassana meditation. In giving Doing Time, Doing Vipassana its top honour, the jury stated that: "it was moved by this insightful and poignant exposition on Vipassana. The teaching of this meditation as a transformation device has many implications for people everywhere, providing the cultural, social and political institutions can embrace and support its liberating possibility."
http://www.dhamma.org/en/av/dtdv.shtml

 

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Fambol Tok

Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together for the first time in an unprecedented program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. Through reviving their ancient practice of fambul tok (family talk), Sierra Leoneans are building sustainable peace at the grass-roots level – succeeding where the international community’s post-conflict efforts failed. Filled with lessons for the West, this film explores the depths of a culture that believes that true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals – and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities.
http://www.fambultok.com

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Father G and the Homeboys

Narrated by esteemed screen veteran Martin Sheen, director John Bohm's socially conscious documentary details the efforts of Los Angeles-based Jesuit priest Father Greg Boyle in helping to redirect the troubled lives of four gang-bangers living in the battle scarred area of Boyle Heights. Affectionately known to his many followers as "Father G," Boyle and his non-profit group "Homeboy Industries" have been working for over twenty-years to help kids prone to gang violence prepare for a future free of deadly turf wars and premature funerals.
http://www.fathergandthehomeboysmovie.com/

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Global Oneness Project

Series of short films and interviews
The Global Oneness Project is a web-based video initiative exploring how the simple notion of oneness can be lived in our increasingly complex world. We're traveling the globe interviewing creative and courageous people who base their lives and work on the fundamental understanding that we are all connected and thus bear great responsibility for each other and our shared world. Our living library of films is available for free from our website or on DVD for events and educational use. We are committed to documenting what is being born during this time of planetwide transformation. While we are confronted with unmistakable signs that our current way of life is no longer sustainable, inspiring and innovative people and programs are blossoming in all areas of our collective society.

From a pay-it-forward café in Ahmedabad, to a youth program that brings African wisdom to Los Angeles, from the General Secretary of the Andean Nations, to the spiritual guardian of Uluru, our film subjects live and work with many of the following values, attitudes, and beliefs: We are responsible to each other, the earth, and future generations. There are enough resources for us all, if we share. Free exchanges of information allow for greater, collective creative potential. Love, care and compassion have the power to transform the fabric of society. We hope that by showing the diverse ways oneness is expressed—in the fields of sustainability, conflict resolution, spirituality, art, economics, indigenous culture, and social justice—others will be inspired to create solutions to personal and community challenges from their own lived understanding of oneness. The Global Oneness Project is a special project of Kalliopeia Foundation, a private grant- making foundation in northern California committed to honoring the unity at the heart of life’s rich diversity.

http://www.globaloneness.org

 

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Hidden Battles

Does the act of killing change the person who pulls the trigger? “Hidden Battles” is a 65 minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat experiences. The film offers unique insight and hope into the internal conflicts that human beings around the world continue to face long after they have left the battlefield.
http://www.hiddenbattles.com

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In Remembrance of Martin

Produced and directed by Kell Kearns
flagpeace@msm.com
928-773-77976
Running time: 57:40

Personal comments from family, friends, and advisors fill this remarkable documentary honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Coretta Scott King joins the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Julian Bond, Jimmy Carter, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Senator Edward Kennedy, John Lewis, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Andrew Young, who recall Dr. King's career and trace his leadership in the civil rights movement. Includes portions of his "I Have a Dream" speech.

 

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Leur Songe de la Paix

Speech by M.L. King Jr. at New York City’s Riverside Church in 1967. Inspirational audio-video piece for meetings and program events during Season.
Produced by Stephen Travis Pope
Music by S.T. Pope; Video/art by Lane Clark
To order FREE copy: snv@agnt.org
Running time: 11:00

"Leur Songe de la Paix" (Their Dream of Peace) is an 11-minute video/music work that uses a text by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-68) accompanied by computer music by Stephen Travis Pope and video images by Lane Clark. The motivation is to provide the simplest possible setting for several excerpts from Dr. King's famous "A Time to Break Silence" speech, delivered in New York City exactly one year before his assassination. The music is an abstract concerto in three movements for many voices, bells, analog synthesizer, orchestral samples, and Morse-code program. Lane Clark's mesmerizing video uses a series of painted slides to ccompany the text and music. The video is intended for projection together with a separate video in which the text of the speech scrolls by.
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The text (excerpts from Dr. King's "A Time to Break Silence" speech delivered at the Riverside Church in New York on April 4, 1967):
(1)
Oh, our government, and the press generally, won't tell us these things, but God told me to tell you this morning: the truth must be told. Oh my friends, if there is any one thing that we must see today, it is that these are revolutionary times. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. I am convinced, that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, then we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies It will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries and say, "this is not just." A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order, and say of war, "this way of settling differences is not just." Our only hope today lives in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit.
(2)
I have not lost faith; I'm not in despair, because I know that there is a moral order. And don't let anybody make you think that God chose America as his divine messianic force to be, a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgement, and it seems that I can hear God saying to America, "You are too arrogant; and if you don't change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power." No lie can live forever. You shall reap what you sow.

 

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Little Town of Bethlehem

Little Town of Bethlehem, a documentary film, follows the story of three men of three different faiths and their lives in Israel and Palestine. The story explores each man’s choice of nonviolent action amidst a culture of overwhelming violence. The film examines the struggle to promote equality through nonviolent engagement in the midst of incredible violence that has dehumanized all sides. Sami’s story begins as a young boy living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank; Yonatan’s starts on an Israeli military base; and Ahmad’s begins in a Palestinian refugee camp.
http://littletownofbethlehem.org

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Not in God's Name

Trapped in religious riots in Delhi, filmmaker Paula Fouce follows the Dalai Lama on a journey to understand religious intolerance. NOT IN GOD'S NAME shows how the world is ravaged by extreme divisions between religions. We examine the similar values of all faiths, and their potential for drawing us together to share a common ground. Featuring Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman Ph. D., Joseph Prabhu Ph. D., Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Dr. Karan Singh, Ph. D., Georg Feuerstein, Ph. D., Michael Bernard Beckwith, and leaders of many faiths.
http://www.notingodsname.com/

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Paper Clips

Whitwell, TN is a small, rural community of less than two thousand people nestled in the mountains of Tennessee. Its citizens are almost exclusively white and Christian. In 1998, the children of Whitwell Middle School took on an inspiring project, launched out of their principal's desire to help her students open their eyes to the diversity of the world beyond their insulated valley. What happened would change the students, their teachers, their families and the entire town forever… and eventually open hearts and minds around the world.

PAPER CLIPS is the moving and inspiring documentary film that captures how these students responded to lessons about the Holocaust-with a promise to honor every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual exterminated by the Nazis. Despite the fact that they had previously been unaware of and unfamiliar with the Holocaust, their dedication was absolute. Their plan was simple but profound. The amazing result, a memorial railcar filled with 11 million paper clips (representing 6 million Jews and 5 million gypsies, homosexuals and other victims of the Holocaust) which stands permanently in their schoolyard, is an unforgettable lesson of how a committed group of children and educators can change the world one classroom at a time.

PAPER CLIPS, presented by One Clip At A Time HMA, is a production of The Johnson Group, in association with Miramax Films and Ergo Entertainment. It was named one of the top films of 2004 (documentary) by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, has been acclaimed by critics as "Oscar caliber" (Joel Siegel, Good Morning America), and has received audience and jury awards at film festivals across the country.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380615/

 

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Peacemakers: Palestinians & Jews Together at Camp

DVD - 83 minutes
The partnership of a Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue and 85-year-old camp brings together in
the California mountains140 Muslims, Jews and Christians of all ages, including from
Israel and Palestine. They discover one another and their ability to communicate and
cooperate in new ways. Back down the mountain, they hold a public San Francisco event
to tell the community about their struggles and breakthroughs.
A 2007 film by the Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group & Camp Tawonga
California, USA
Request DVD at http://traubman.igc.org/vidcamp.htm

 

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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

The gripping account of a group of brave women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a decades-long civil war.... Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about a agreement during the stalled peace talks.

A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/

 

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The Synthesis Dialogues

What would happen if you brought together in one place, thirty of the world’s most experienced, influential, and effective activists who have dedicated their lives for the good of Humanity? This is exactly what the Synthesis Dialogues III has done, under the loving guidance of HH, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Sponsored by the Association for Global New Thought, the events in this program show how joy, love, and peace live in harmony with sorrow, conflict, and disagreement to reveal a more profound Truth. In this rich field of reconciliation, global peace initiatives like “The Abraham Pilgrimage” emerge. Built around the awakened music of Rickie Byars Beckwith, Karl Anthony, and others, this DVD is both a powerful teaching tool and an entertaining work of art. It is the kind of event you will want to watch many times, and share with your friends. Plus, the bonus elements feature some of the world’s most profound thinkers on Nonviolence, Religious Pluralism, and Peace Activism.
COST OF DVD - $19.95
ORDER HERE

 

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The Awakening Universe

In a mere fifteen minutes, Neal Rogin uses awe-inspiring images and a sweeping original musical score to show how science, spirit and ancient indigenous wisdom are now all converging to reveal that we stand in the very heart of that which created us. An entirely new context for human life is arising in our lifetime, with the ppotential to transform forever our sense of separation, isolation, and alienation into one of connection, commonality and communion.
http://www.awakeninguniverse.com/

 

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The Coming of the Divine Child of Humankind

Learn radical self trust in a trustworthy universe by awakening the divine child within you. Kell deepens the themes he developed in The Consciousness of The Christ and speaks directly to a generation on the inner birth of The New Humanity.
http://www.heavenearth.net/store.html

 

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The Dhamma Brothers

The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic story of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of a group of prisoners as they enter into an arduous Vipassana meditation program. It will challenge assumptions about the very nature of prisons as places of punishment rather than rehabilitation. Despite the difficulty in obtaining permission to film inside a prison, the Alabama Department of Corrections allowed a film crew to document, not only the Vipassana program, but many other scenes and settings revealing the daily lives of prisoners and staff.
http://www.dhammabrothers.com

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The Interrupters

The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.
http://interrupters.kartemquin.com/

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The Leadership of Love

Are you hearing the spiritual wake-up call to take the next step to transform our world? Are you feeling a passion to expand your vision of Peace into sacred activism? Based upon her own personal and political experiences and drawing inspiration from sacred texts, Cynthia shows examples from around the world (Africa, India, South America, U.S.) of the emerging collective leader, who is each of us, all of us, joining hands as global citizens.
http://www.heavenearth.net/store.html

 

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The Power of Forgiveness

Journey Films, an independent film company in Alexandria, VA, is in post-production with a 90- minute documentary film titled THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS that looks at the most difficult of all virtues. Different faith traditions take different approaches to the mandate to forgive transgressions. Character-driven stories are augmented by conversations with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Buddhist teacher and author Thich Nhat Hahn, Lecturer and Sufi Muslim Azim Khamisa, Riverside Church Pastor James Forbes and Dead Man Walking author Sr. Helen Prejean. Prior to its release on public television, Journey Films wants to conduct a series of special screenings of the film at various venues around the country. If you are interested in partnering with other organizations in your neighborhood in what could be a high-profile community event, learn more about this opportunity by clicking on this link:
http://www.thepowerofforgiveness.com

 

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Whispers on the Wind: A Film for Peace

Filmmakers Ann Crawford and Arn Battaglene traveled the world asking 3 questions: What are we doing here? Why is there so much suffering in the world? How can we create world peace? Interviewing people from all walks of life they have created a beautiful inspirational documentary.
http://www.whispersonthewind.org

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Ripples of Hope

A Ripple of Hope is an independent historical documentary produced by Covenant Productions. The film dramatically retells the events of April 4, 1968, the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside a Memphis hotel room.

It poignantly retraces the steps of Presidential Candidate Robert Kennedy as he absorbs the news of the killing and responds with courage and compassion.

With digitally restored news footage and original music by John Colby, Grammy Award winning music director of the Ken Burns Civil War soundtrack, A Ripple of Hope dramatically narrates the events of that tragic day 40 years ago thru the eyes of those who were there.

http://www.rippleofhopemovie.com

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