The Berks Peace Community and the First UU Church invite you to a screening of the multi-award winning film DISTURBING THE PEACE on Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 pm. The filmmakers Steve Apkon and Marcina Hale will be there to answer your questions after the film! (http://disturbingthepeacefilm.com/ (link is external))
DISTURBING THE PEACE follows former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace. Popular movements like Combatants for Peace have the potential to capture the public’s imagination and shift the conversation from the inevitability of conflict to the possibility and process of establishing lasting peace.
Speaking personally, the film speaks to the question of how we can overcome intractable situations like the situation in Israel/Palestine. Here are people refusing to give in to the inevitability of war without end and determined to create the world they want to live in. The Q&A that the filmmakers lead really gets at how we stop categorizing people as "other" and recognize the shared humanity in all of us. If you want to get a flavor of the discussion check out https://vimeo.com/181970796 (link is external).
We are thrilled to bring this important film and filmakers who are a New York Times “Critic’s Pick” and winner of both Best Documentary and the Audience Award at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival to Berks County.