Global Peace Film Festival
Watch films. Get involved. Change things. That’s the mantra of the Global Peace Film Festival, an annual Florida event that uses the power of filmmaking to change the world. Established in 2003, the little festival gives independent documentaries that don’t often see the light of day because they’re too controversial, underfunded or simply not sexy enough to bring in enough revenue to your local movie house. That doesn’t mean they aren’t worth watching.
Social revolution in Morocco, the coffee industry, disabilities, the ecology of the Ocala National Forest, solitary confinement for incarcerated teens – those are just a few of the subjects that the narratives and documentaries cover. Not light viewing, by any means, but it’s the type of material that often fails to make headlines because it’s not sensational enough, not reactionary enough, not violent enough to break through our daily news cycle’s “if it bleeds, it leads” culture.
The movies screened here may not give you the two hours of escapism you’re often seeking when you go to the movies – but that’s not the point. According to Nina Streich, the Global Peace Film Festival’s founder and executive director, the goal is for people to engage, not disengage. She founded the festival to bring people together to discuss tragedies, catastrophes, revolutions and disasters – and more importantly, to give them a venue in which to discuss and explore solutions to these problems. At this year’s festival, there will even be panel discussions with artists and activists about projects they’re working, as well as a basic intro to making documentaries films that make a difference in the world.
Will the Global Peace Film Festival change the world? Probably not – but it could change some minds.
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