John Shibley has an appropriate description for the films that will be screened during next weeks first-everPeace Film Initiativeat West Virginia University.We like to call them �€~motion pictures that move,said Shibley, a WVU communications professor who is helping organize the festival. The event will be Oct. 19-21 on campus and in the Morgantown community.
These are films that cant help but move you emotionally,he said.Of course, were also hoping they move you to work peace and the common good on your own. Our lineup will show extraordinary people and other people you might consider ordinary who are doing just thatworking for something thats bigger than all of us.
A British stockbroker who single-handedly saved more than 600 Jewish children from the ravages of Hitlers Third Reich at the start of World War II
A pacifist monk who used his powerful presence to eloquently speak out against Americas involvement in Vietnam
Citizen activists moved to the streets in protest against policies and particulars that led to atrocities in Darfur and military action in Iraq
-Two soldiers caught in the blame-game absurdity of war
-A Morgantown woman who just wants to pray in her mosque at the same place the men do
Were proud of this grouping of films,Shibley said.Theyre a pretty powerful mix of documentary films and feature films, and they all ask that you simply consider peace.Shibley said the Peace Initiativesspiritual fatheris A.J. Muste (1885-1967) the legendary pacifist, anti-war activist and proponent of civil rights and labor rights.
Mustes mantra was, �€~There is no way to peacepeace is the way,Shibley said.We want you to consider that.The full schedule:
Thursday, Oct. 19, G-24 Eiesland Hall, on the Downtown Campus
- 7 p.m., opening remarks7:15 p.m.,Witnessing Darfur,a quick, but gripping, eyewitness account of the armed conflict in the western Sudan thats killed some 400,000 people since it began in July 2003.
- 7:20 p.m., Comments by Charles DiSalvo, a College of Law professor known for work and research in human rights issues.7:30 p.m.,The Peace Patriots,a 2005 documentary chronicling citizen protestors ranging in age from 14 to 75 who are speaking out against Americas presence in Iraq (includes music by Pete Seeger, Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco and others).
Friday, Oct. 20, Warner Theater, downtown Morgantown
- 7 p.m.,Witnessing Darfur7:10 p.m., Welcome by Chelsea Smith and Jonathan Lewis, of the Film Initiative organizing committee.
- 7:15 p.m., Comments by Paul Adams, also a member of the organizing committee7:25 p.m.,No Mans Land,a 2001 award-winning feature film chronicling the lives of two wounded soldiers, a Bosnian and a Serb, who have to learn to coexist whether they want to or not.
Saturday, Oct. 21, G-24 Eiseland
- 11 a.m., opening remarks, morning session, Mary Haas, chair of the West Virginia Commission on Holocaust Education11:05 a.m.,Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good,a documentary recounting the real-life story of Winton, a British stockbroker who ended up smuggling 669 Jewish children targeted for death by the Third Reich to Britain and Sweden in 1939 (includes numerous interviews with those now-grown children).
- 2:15 p.m., comments by John Shibley2:30 p.m.,Peace Is Every Step: The Life and Works of Thich Nhat Hanh,a documentary of the life and works of Hanh, a Buddhist monk who first began speaking out against the Vietnam War in the 1960s and continues to be a champion of human rights today.
- 7 p.m., opening remarks, evening session7:10 p.m.,Me and the Mosque,a 2005 National Film Board of Canada documentary that tells the story of contemporary Muslim women in North America who are challenging the traditional separation of men and women as they pray in mosques. A discussion will follow with Asra Nomani, a Morgantown-based writer and activist who was interviewed in the film.