"The Power of Film to Inspire Action"

power of film


Following the October 2014 success of the 1st Awakened World International Film Festival we learned the power of film to inform and inspire, witnessing how audiences were moved in their whole being, and how this led to exciting dialogue and commitments to action. If this can happen in an audience of viewers who then "go home" to places around the nation, think of how a community viewing might bring people together with the opportunity to keep them connected for sustainable good.


We have selected two films from the Awakened World Film Festival, each to serve as a centerpiece for dialogue and workshops that inspire enlighten action. "Under the Same Sun" and "Admissions" both address the issues of the possibility of building peace in highly conflicted situations.

We are adding an additional film "#ChicagoGirl"a documentary which examines the power of media, how the Internet is influencing a revolution and why a camera can be more effective than an AK-47.


under the same sun



Set in the near future, the film looks back on how peace was made in 2013 between Israel and Palestine. It is the story of two businessmen, one Palestinian and one Israeli, who struggle to set up a solar energy company.


Admissions is a short film starring Academy Award nominee James Cromwell that tells a transformational tale about what it takes to find lasting peace, even in war-torn places like the Middle East.


#Chicago Girl: The Social Network Takes On A Dictator documents19-year-old student Ala'a Basatneh as she helps to coordinate the Syrian revolution from a suburb of Chicago since 2011, armed with all imaginable social media.