Peace on film
If war films tell the story of state-sanctioned killing, peace
films recount the efforts of individuals and groups who believe that conflicts
can be settled bloodlessly through moral force, truth force, resistance force,
education force and spiritual force.
Without much attention from the mainstream press, filmmakers
have been at work documenting alternatives to violence. Here is a sampling of
recent peace films. All are available on VHS.
Starting Out Right: Peace in the Preschools
of Peace Education, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 8765 W. Higgins
Rd., Chicago IL 60631. (800) 638-3522.
Folktales of Peace (One & Two)
Central Committee, 27 S. 12th St., Akron PA 17501. (717)
22 minutes & 28 minutes
I to I: Integrating Conflict Resolution into the Elementary
Friends School of Minnesota, 3244 34th Ave. South,
Minneapolis MN 55406. (612) 722-2046.
Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace
Network. New Video Group, 126 Fifth Ave., New York NY
An Act of Conscience: Standing Up for Your Beliefs Begins at
Turning Tide Productions, P.O. Box 864, Wendell MA 01379. (800)
A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent
Conflict (in two parts)
Films for the Humanities and Sciences. P.O.
Box 2053, Princeton N.J. 08543. (800) 257-5126. www.films.com
The Media and the Image of War
Center for Defense
Information, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20005. (202)
Entertaining Angels: the Dorothy Day Story
Incorporated, 1220 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood CA 90038. (213) 461-3726.
Compelled by Conscience: the National Campaign for a Peace
The Peace Tax Foundation, 2121 Decatur Place NW, Washington
DC 20008. (888) PEACE-TAX.
Making a Difference: Changers in Attitudes and
Educators for Social Responsibility, 23 Garden St., Cambridge
MA 02138. (800) 379-2515.
With Reservations: A Trip Through Indian
Native Arts Circle, 1433 East Franklin Ave., #15, Minneapolis
MN 55404. (612) 870-7173.
Waging Peace in Our Schools
Educators for Social
Responsibility, 23 Garden St., Cambridge MA 02138. (800)
Robert Coles, Teacher
First Run Features, 1531
Waverly Place, New York NY 10014. (212)
The Heart Has Its Reasons: the Story of Jean
Journey Communications, P.O. Box 131, Mount Vernon VA 22121.
Stop the Bombs: Oak Ridge Environmental Peace
RadioACTIFfilms, Knoxville TN. (865) 687-3231.
Incite Hope: Amnesty International in
Amnesty International USA, 322 Eighth Avenue, New York NY
10001. (800) AMNESTY.
National Catholic Reporter, April 26,