By Indiewire | Indiewire December 10, 2003 at 2:00AM
Global Peace Film Festival To Kick Off First Event Today In Orlando
by Wendy Mitchell
The Global Peace Film Festival, founded by Shaikh Adbul Taw'ala Ibn Ali Alishtari of GlobalProtector.net, kicks off today for its inaugural event in Orlando, Fla. (the fest continues through Sunday). Films will be organized into four themes: war and peace, community, family, and the Middle East; in addition, a fifth section of the festival will show the Hamptons International Film Festival's Films of Conflict and Resolution. Shorts will also be shown in another section. In total, the fest will present 11 narrative features, 23 documentaries, and 23 shorts from 30 countries. In a prepared statement, organizers said, "Reflecting our belief that peace is a process that encompasses all aspects of human life, we have selected films that reflect a broad understanding of peace -- and acknowledge both individual and collective efforts towards peacemaking."
The opening film will be Dennis Flippin's "PeaceJam," a doc that follows five U.S. teenagers as they work with Nobel Peace Prize laureates such as the Dalai Lama. Nobel laureate Dr. Oscar Arias, the former president of Costa Rica, is featured in the film and will be Orlando for the festival's opening night. The closing film is Paul Feig's "I Am David," about a young boy who escapes a concentration camp and travels across Europe. That film is based Anne Holm's novel "North to Freedom."
Other selections include Ilan Ziv's "Human Weapon," Barbara Trent's "The Panama Deception" and "Waging War," Barbara Hammer's "Resisting Paradise," Robert Greenwald's "Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War," Hany Abu-Assad's "Ford Transit," Buddhadeb Dasgupta's "A Tale of a Naughty Girl," Spencer Nakasako's "Refugee," Stephen Simon's "Indigo," Nancy Savoca's "Dirt," Kari Mokko's "The Conscience of a Warrior Nation," Peter Hegedus' "Inheritance: A Fisherman's Story," and Jocelyn Glatzer's "The Flute Player." A number of panels and hands-on technology demos will also be offered.
[For more information, please visit: http://www.peacefilmfest.org.]