Films for Teaching Peace
Battle in Seattle
In 1999, members of the World Trade Organization arrive in Seattle for negotiations that are closed to the public. Concerned about globalization, activists Jay (Martin Henderson), Lou (Michelle Rodriguez) and Django (André Benjamin) prepare for peaceful protests. Trying to prevent potential violence, Mayor Tobin (Ray Liotta) attempts to coordinate the police to avoid chaos. When a small group of unruly activists begins wreaking havoc, the planned marches quickly turn to riots.
The story of two 9/11 widows who find a profound way to move beyond their tragedy by choosing tolerance over hate and action over indifference. When terrorists shatter their lives, they open their eyes to the world and forge an incredible and unexpected bond with war widows in Afghanistan, the training ground of the 9/11 attackers.
After the shocking murders of her husband and son, a woman travels to Burma with her sister to find peace. There she witnesses protests against the government and the military’s violent response. When Burma enters into military lockdown, Laura loses her passport and is unable to leave the country. A professor helps her, but this makes her a target of the government as she attempts to reach the border and cross into Thailand.
Biko (Cry Freedom)
South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country after trying to investigate the death of his friend, black activist Steve Biko, in police custody.
Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World
The origins of the terror group known as Islamic State or ‘ISIS,’ and what they want, are explored by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, in a one-hour special.
Body of War
Iraq War veteran Tomas Young returns from duty with a severed spine and post-traumatic stress disorder. As Young reflects on his experiences in combat and the high price he paid for going to fight in the Middle East, he begins to question the validity of the war in Iraq and the value of war in general.
Bringing Down a Dictator
A telling of the nonviolent defeat of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, that focuses on the contributions of the student-led Otpor! movement.
Community organizer Ayed Morrar seeks help from Palestinian and Israeli activists to help his village mount nonviolent protests against Israel’s expropriation of their West Bank land.
Buying the War
Over a decade ago Bush administration forced the United States into a war so poorly prepared and executed it soon turned into a complete catastrophe. The fact of how the bureaucrats misled the country has been already expressed, but they couldn’t have done it by themselves; they needed an obedient and docile press, to propagate their disinformation as actual news and encourage them to continue to do so.