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Paths to Peace

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”
Office of Peace Education, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago IL 60631. (800) 638-3522.
27 minutes

“Folktales of Peace” (One & Two)
Mennonite Central Committee, 27 S. 12th St., Akron PA 17501. (717) 859-1151
22 minutes & 28 minutes

“I to I: Integrating Conflict Resolution into the Elementary School Community”
Friends School of Minnesota, 3244 34th Ave. South, Minneapolis MN 55406. (612) 722-2046.
34 minutes

“Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace”
A&E Television Network. New Video Group, 126 Fifth Ave., New York NY 10011.
50 minutes

“An Act of Conscience: Standing Up for Your Beliefs Begins at Home”
Turning Tide Productions, P.O. Box 864, Wendell MA 01379. (800) 557-6414.
90 minutes

“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
90 minutes each

“The Media and the Image of War”
Center for Defense Information, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20005. (202) 332-0600.
28 minutes

“Entertaining Angels: the Dorothy Day Story”
Dubs Incorporated, 1220 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood CA 90038. (213) 461-3726.
110 minutes

“Compelled by Conscience: the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund”
The Peace Tax Foundation, 2121 Decatur Place NW, Washington DC 20008. (888) PEACE-TAX.
15 minutes

“Making a Difference: Changers in Attitudes and Behavior”
Educators for Social Responsibility, 23 Garden St., Cambridge MA 02138. (800) 379-2515.
26 minutes

“With Reservations: A Trip Through Indian Country”
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) 379-2515.
26 minutes

“Robert Coles, Teacher”
First Run Features, 1531 Waverly Place, New York NY 10014. (212) 243-0600.
57 minutes

“The Heart Has Its Reasons: the Story of Jean Vanier”
Journey Communications, P.O. Box 131, Mount Vernon VA 22121. (703) 780-9100.
57 minutes

“Stop the Bombs: Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance”
RadioACTIFfilms, Knoxville TN. (865) 687-3231.
24 minutes

“Incite Hope: Amnesty International in Action”
Amnesty International USA, 322 Eighth Avenue, New York NY 10001. (800) AMNESTY.
28 minutes

National Catholic Reporter, April 26, 2002