The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, along with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Center for Ethical Education, the Office of the President's WORLDVIEW Film Series, the Office of Campus Ministry, the Center for the Study of Social Movements & Social Change, the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, and Saint Mary's College Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership presented the first annual ScreenPeace Film Festival.
The ScreenPeace Film Festival featured recent, critically acclaimed films and documentaries that present positive, thoughtful models of peacebuilding in situations of injustice and violent conflict. Opportunities for dialogue and discussion will be available following most films in the series.
SCHEDULE OF FILMS
Friday, February 1:
7 p.m. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2007, NR, 85 minutes)
Director Rick Ray was present at the film.
How do you sustain a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? These are some of the questions posed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray in the film 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama. Ray examines some of the fundamental questions of our time by weaving together observations from his own journeys through India and the Middle East and the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader.
10 p.m. Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007, PG, 127 minutes)
(second showing on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m.)
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Man From Plains is an intimate, surprising encounter with President Jimmy Carter. Following the path of Mr. Carter's recent controversial book tour for “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme reveals a complex individual who, with the gusto and determination of a youngster, criss-crosses the country to get his message across, even as that message creates a media onslaught in which his credibility and judgment are called into question. Man From Plains explores both the private and public sides of Jimmy Carter, whose intense sense of justice compels him to pursue, with undiminished energy and hope, his lifelong and deeply spiritual vision of reconciliation and peace.
Saturday, February 2:
3 p.m. Enemies of Happiness (2006, NR, 59 minutes)
Directed by Eva Mulvad and Anja Al-Erhayem
Enemies of Happiness follows the outspoken and successful campaign of Malalai Joya, a 28-year old Afghan woman running in the country's first democratic parliamentary elections in 35 years. The elections represented a special milestone for Afghan women, who had endured second-class citizenry their entire lives. During the campaign, Joya's life was threatened multiple times because of her vocal and fearless opposition to the presence of warlords in the nation's government. But Joya's dedication also inspired many Afghanis to join her in the cause of real reform. Enemies of Happiness won the World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentaries at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
7 p.m. Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (2007, PG, 127 minutes)
Directed by Jonathan Demme
DESCRIPTION: see above
10 p.m. Sir! No Sir! (2006, NR, 85 minutes)
Directed by David Zeiger
This feature-length documentary focuses on the efforts of U.S. troops to oppose the Vietnam War by peaceful demonstration and subversion. It serves as a ready reminder that soldiers may oppose war as stridently as any civilian, and at greater personal peril.
Sunday, February 3:
4 p.m. Amazing Grace (2006, PG, 117 minutes)
Directed by Michael Apted
Nineteenth Century British Parliament is set back on its heels when the idealistic young zealot, William Wilberforce takes a seat. As a young man, Wilberforce had learned the value of human life from his mentor and minister, John Newton, author of the classic hymn, Amazing Grace. Launching an investigation and decades of lobbying to abolish the British slave trade, Wilberforce sacrifices the friendship of his fellow parliamentarian, William Pitt the Younger, his status and his own health.