Featuring Global Films about Peace Efforts

Peace Docs is a recently-launched curated film series in partnership with independent filmmakers as well as The Global Peace Film Festival. We feature exceptional documentary films about peace and reconciliation. Be sure to check out interviews with Peace Docs filmmakers on our podcast, Making Peace Visible.

Watch Now: Breaking Bread

Nurturing a Connection Among People from Disparate Groups
Breaking Bread is a documentary that explores the A-Sham Festival, a groundbreaking food festival where Arab and Jewish chefs work in tandem to create mouthwatering dishes in order to foster social change. Founded by microbiologist Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Muslim Israeli to win Israel’s television cooking competition, MasterChef, the action unfolds in the city of Haifa, a model of multicultural coexistence. The chefs put personal spins on traditional recipes handed down over generations – including kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup) and qatayef (a dessert served during Ramadan) – transforming flavors while political and religious differences melt away. A treat for the senses, this delectable showcase of culinary heritage gives hope to the idea that collaboration in the kitchen could be a bridge to mutual understanding and, perhaps, a first step toward a lasting peace.

Watch Breaking Bread now!
You can rent or purchase Breaking Bread from Amazon Prime.

“In today’s world, where we are bombarded with stories about division, I was driven to tell the story of Breaking Bread, which is about commonality. Breaking Bread demonstrates that food can nurture a connection among people from disparate groups, chipping away at discord. When the chefs cook together in the kitchen, political and religious labels fall to the wayside, and what’s left in their wake are human beings with striking similarities. Breaking Bread highlights our humanity. Its message transcends politics and religion, whether Muslim, Jewish or Christian, Democrat or Republican.”
– Beth Elise Hawk

Listen to Filmmaker Beth Elise Hawk discuss this film on the Making Peace Visible podcast.

Watch Now: Fambul Tok

Building Peace from the Inside Out
Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together for the first time in an unprecedented program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. Filled with lessons for the West, Fambul Tok, a multiple-award-winning documentary film, explores the depths of a culture that believes that true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals – and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities.

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Click the following link: vimeo.com/305983614

Imagine living next door to a person who murdered your father, raped your sister, or killed your child. This was the case for many Sierra Leonians who endured an 11-year brutal civil war in the 1990s: the majority of the 50,000 who died were killed by their own neighbors. 

Fambul tok (or “family talk”) is an ancient tradition in Sierra Leone where disputes are solved through community-wide conversation around a bonfire. In this post-war context, peacebuilder, Filmmaker and author Libby Hoffman and her team facilitated the revival of this practice for Sierra Leonians. While filming ritual reconciliation processes in Sierra Leone, Hoffman learned that justice for Sierra Leonians isn’t about punishing or ousting a perpetrator; rather justice comes from making the community whole again. “When you hurt somebody, you don’t just hurt them; you hurt the community as well,” says Hoffman.

Be sure to check out Hoffman’s new book on these experiences: called The Answers Are There: Building Peace from the Inside Out.

You can listen to a terrific conversation with Libby Hoffman about her work on the Making Peace Visible podcast.

Watch Now: A Call for Peace

A Filmmaker’s Perspective on the Colombian Peace Process
Colombian filmmaker Juan Carlos Borrero’s documentary A Call for Peace tells the story of the lead-up to the 2016 peace accord between the FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the Colombian government, which brought an end to fifty years of war.

Watch A Call for Peace for free online through WSPS’s new Peace Docs series! Just click the following link: vimeo.com/305983614. Then enter the password: peace2019.

When Colombian filmmaker Juan Carlos Borerro worked on films or TV shows in the countryside as a young man, the crew would have to stop shooting and run from the FARC when the guerillas came near. Everyone he knew had a family member who had been kidnapped or killed, and he never thought he would live to see an end to the war in his country. So when the government and the FARC forged a peace accord in 2016, he set out to document how the agreement came together. Borrero’s documentary A Call for Peace tells the story of the peace process in Colombia through interviews with international peace builders who played key roles behind the scenes.

Jamil Simon recently hosted Borrero in conversation on the WSPS podcast, Making Peace Visible, where Borrero tells the story of peace in Colombia. He explains that peace is not a singular occurrence but rather an unfolding — one that draws on past peace processes and can inform future peace processes as well. Listeners also hear clips from the film.