Kristi Flaherty | February 7, 2018
This weekend, the ScreenPeace Film Festival will explore strategic peace building around the world through five free film screenings, running Friday-Sunday (Feb. 9-11) at the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the University of Notre Dame campus. The festival is co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
The annual festival will showcase five recent, critically acclaimed films that present compelling models of peace building in the face of injustice or violent conflict. The films and their subjects span the globe, featuring stories from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Guatemala, Greece and Iraq, among others, and address wide-ranging themes including human displacement, migration and immigration; indigenous movements for justice; former combatants speaking out for peace; politics and peace building; gender, race and movements for justice; and more.
This year’s films were selected by a six-person committee chaired by Patrick Regan, professor of political science and peace studies. Regan was joined by Jennifer Betz, assistant director of the master’s program at the Kroc Institute; Richard Herbst, cinema program director for the DeBartolo Center; Olivier Morel, assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures and film, television and theater at Notre Dame; and two Notre Dame students, John Haley and Eric Ways.
Each film will be introduced by a Notre Dame faculty member, and two of the screenings will feature a special event to promote further conversation about the film’s themes. On Saturday (Feb. 10), following the film "Disturbing the Peace," which profiles the role of former combatants and soldiers in advocating for peace around the world, David Cortright, director of policy studies and the Peace Accords Matrix project at the Kroc Institute, will facilitate a Skype conversation with American Friends of Combatants for Peace board member Nizar Farsakh and Combatants for Peace co-founder Elik Elhanan.