ScreenPeace Film Festival to Run Feb. 1-3


The Dalai Lama, Afghan political reformer Malalai Joya and British abolitionist William Wilberforce are among the stars of the ScreenPeace Film Festival, which will be presented  Feb. 1 to 3 (Friday to Sunday) in the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

The festival will showcase five recent, critically acclaimed films that present compelling models of peace building in the face of extreme injustice or violent conflict. Notre Dame faculty members will be available for dialogue after most of the films.

All films are free, but require tickets. Call the DeBartolo Center ticket office at 574-631-2800 to order tickets, or pick them up at the door.

The films are:

  • “10 questions for the Dalai Lama” – Director Rick Ray asks the Dalai Lama some of the most provocative questions of our time. The film weaves together insights from Ray’s journeys through India and the Middle East with the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader. Ray is expected to be present at the showing.
  • “Jimmy Carter Man from Plains” – Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme created this surprising encounter with President Carter. He reveals a complex man driven by an intense sense of justice and a deeply spiritual vision of reconciliation and peace.
  • “Enemies of Happiness” – Filmmakers Eva Mulvad and Anja Al-Erhayem follow the fearless and successful campaign of Malalai Joya, a 28-year old Afghan woman running in the country's first democratic parliamentary elections in 35 years. Joya’s life was threatened numerous times because of her opposition to the warlords in the nation’s government.
  • “Sir, No Sir” – This feature-length documentary by David Zeiger shows how U.S. troops opposed the Vietnam War by peaceful demonstration and subversion. It demonstrates that soldiers may oppose war as strongly as any civilian, and at great personal peril. 
  • “Amazing Grace” – Directed by Michael Apted, this film follows the young zealot William Wilberforce as he spends decades lobbying Parliament to abolish the slave trade in 19th century England.

The ScreenPeace Film Festival is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts, Center for Ethical Education, WORLDVIEW Film Series (Office of the President), Campus Ministry, Center for the Study of Social Movements and Social Change, and the Saint Mary's College Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership.

More information is available at and

Contact: Leigh Hayden, DeBartolo Center, (574) 631-2726,