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Be a Peacebuilder

12 minutes. This promotional video is a quick way to experience the relevance of URI in the world today. Its theme is, “Religiously Motivated Violence Can End – Be a Peacebuilder!(United Religions Initiative, 2004).

 

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain, is a PBS documentary that takes viewers on an epic journey back into one of the most fascinating and important periods of world history. It highlights the triumphs and achievements of diverse cultures that co-exist and thrive together, but it also depicts the tragedy that ensues when religious extremism begins to rise. The story weaves together striking feature-film style re-enactments, vivid footage of great Islamic architecture, scenes of Spain’s beautiful landscapes, and analysis by world-class historians and scholars to tell a story of vital importance for our contemporary world. (Unity Productions Foundation, 2007).

 

Colors of Compassion

Colors of Compassion explores mindfulness, the core of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings, through Dharma talks and interviews with practitioners during a special retreat led by Thich Nhat Hanh for people of color. The film's backdrop is the green mountain setting of Deer Park Monastery in California. The film culminates in rare footage of a ceremony called the Five Mindfulness Trainings with subtitled verses to the "Heart of Perfect Understanding" sutra. Directed and produced by Eloise De Leon.

 

Countdown to Zero

Countdown to Zero traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. Written and directed by acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker, the film features an array of important international statesmen, including President Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair.

 

Dalai Lama Renaissance

105 minutes. Dalai Lama Renaissance is a documentary film about forty of the world’s most innovative thinkers who travel to India in the Himalayan Mountains to meet with the Dalai Lama to solve many of the world’s problems. What happened was surprising and unexpected. Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, the film also features Quantum Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Gowami from "What the Bleep Do We Know," and Michel Beckwith and Fred Alan Wolf from "the Secret." Winner of 9 awards at film festivals around the world, it is the official selection of over 34 international film festivals.(Khashyar Darvich, 2007). Watch a trailer below.

 

Delicious Peace The Movie

Directed by Curt Fissel.Living in the lingering wake of the Idi Amin regime of terror and intolerance, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Ugandan coffee farmers challenged historical and economic hurdles by forming “Delicious Peace” Cooperative, a Cooperation Circle of URI. Their mission was to build harmonious relationships and economic development, and they are succeeding. Partnering with a Fair Trade US roaster, the farmers’ standard of living is improving, peace is flourishing, and their messages of peace and fair wages are spreading to their coffee customers in the US. (JEMGLO, 2009).

 

Desmond Tutu's Message to Activists: Good Will Prevail

2 minutes. Desmond Tutu shares his words of encouragement for those fighting for what they believe to be right, and his belief that all people are fundamentally good.(The Elders, 2009).

 
 

Dialogue at Washington High

43 minutes. Fifty 10th grade students grow closer in their California classroom when, in pairs, they learn to tell their personal stories. This film is a great tool to help students begin to dispel incorrect stereotypes and assumptions about "the other," freeing their energy for better learning and building healthy relationships together.(Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group, 2007).

 

The 11th Hour

With contributions from over 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, and journalist Paul Hawken, the film documents the grave problems facing the planet’s life systems.

 
 
 

Encounter Point

85 minutes. Encounter Point is an feature documentary film that follows a former Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who risk their lives and public standing to promote a nonviolent end to the conflict. Their journeys lead them to the unlikeliest places to confront hatred within their communities. The film explores what drives them and thousands of other like-minded civilians to overcome anger and grief to work for grassroots solutions. It is a film about the everyday leaders in our midst. (Just Vision, 2006).

 

Everest: A Climb for Peace

63 minutes. Directed by Lance Trumbull & Produced by Billy Marchese and Lance Trumbull. From The Everest Peace Project: Narrated by Orlando Bloom and hailed as a "tremendous achievement" by the Dalai Lama. Everest: A Climb for Peace is not just a typical Everest film, but a socially relevant documentary about peace, war, and the human spirit - an inspirational film, which also has some of the most incredible Everest footage ever shot, including a dramatic rescue from near the summit of Everest. (The Everest Peace Project, 2007). Check out the trailer below.

 
 

Faith into Action: A Moral Imagination Conversation

11 minutes. Directed by Sara Terry. Charles Gibbs, Libby Hoffman, and John Paul Lederach discuss how MI supports URI in practice and philosophy. Set in Gulu, Uganda.(Catalyst for Peace, 2008).

 

Fambul Tok

Directed by Sara Terry; Transmedia Project: Libby Hoffman. Fambul Tok tells the story of healing in post-conflict Sierra Leone.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. Through reviving their ancient practice of fambul tok (family talk), Sierra Leoneans are building sustainable peace at the grass-roots level – succeeding where the international community’s post-conflict efforts failed. Filled with lessons for the West, this 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. (Catalyst for Peace, 2010).

 

FLOW

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"

 

Garbage Dreams: Raised in the Trash Trade

Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen--Arabic for "garbage people." Far ahead of any modern "Green" initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.

 

The Great Warming

Narrated by Alanis Morissette and Keanu Reeves, this is a dramatic film about climate change that sweeps around the world to reveal how a changing climate is affecting the lives of people everywhere. It includes hard-hitting comments from scientists and opinion-makers about America’s lack of leadership in addressing climate change as well as new scenes documenting the emerging voice of the American Evangelical community urging action on climate change. Available in a special “Faith Version,” which includes interviews with Christian leaders, or a “Church/Sunday School Version,” which includes a printable discussion guide.

 

The History of the United Religions Initiative by Bishop William E. Swing

7 minutes. Founder and President of the United Religions Initiative, Bishop William E. Swing, tells the story of URI's beginnings at the Global Assembly 2008 in Sri Mayapur, West Bengal, India. Shot & Edited by Ashley Young of the URI Documentation Team 2008.(United Religions Initiative, 2008).

 

HOPE

12 minutes. Directed by Catherine Margerin & Produced by Mary Mathaisell. From Luna Media: Hope is a unique and powerful short film with a message of peace for the future. Using traditions and stories from Native American and world cultures, the film combines dreams, images and reminiscences from our collective memory to send a message of hope for the future, and takes the viewer on a fascinating journey through human existence through the knowledge and ideas of Willy Whitefeather, a man in his sixties of Cherokee ancestry, a fascinating storyteller, healer, survivalist and an individual of wisdom and heart.(Luna Media, 2005).

 

In the Light of the Crescent Moon

40 minutes. Directed by Marites Guingona-Africa. From the Peacemakers’ Circle Foundation, Inc.: This is the story told by two Christians (Marites Guingona-Africa and Lee Collano) who, in the process of building relationships of mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation with Muslims in grassroots communities in Metro Manila, the Philippines have borne witness to their plight. Dialogue with Muslims, as experienced by Marites and Lee, is a way of being in relationship with other human beings. It is a way of love.(The Peacemakers' Circle Foundation, Inc., 2006).

 

Interfaith Youth Leadership Retreat - Marin County, CA, USA 2009

A short video of the URI Interfaith Youth Leadership Retreat held at the Brahma Kumaris Anubhuti Retreat Center, Marin County, CA, USA, June 12-14, 2009. The retreat brought together 25 young people from college campuses in California, Colorado and Pennsylvania, and youth trainers from Jordan, UK and the US. They gathered together in a tranquil environment to relax, recharge and learn interfaith skills in working with faith communities, non-violent communication, and influencing policy.Video created by Some Day Fire Productions.

 

Mama Earth

With humor and compassion, the award-winning film Mama Earth shows how conventional economics encourages exploitation of our natural resources, ignoring the value of nature's services like clean air, water, and fertile soil. It proposes a new, hard-currency model for both harvested resources and the burdens of waste and pollution.

 

Moral Imagination Pilot Presentation at Global Assembly 2008

31 minutes. Directed by Ashley Young. How the Moral Imagination Pilot Training affected and is being used by the participants. (United Religions Initiative, 2008).

 
 
   
 

Moyers on America: Is God Green?

Millions of evangelical Christians in America have taken on care of the environment as a moral and biblical obligation. But many of their brothers and sisters in the faith disagree with their stance, some because the perceived imminence of the End Times makes stewardship unnecessary. Bill Moyers and his team of investigative journalists talk with conservative evangelicals to examine the theological and political implications of their debate. PBS Special Series.


Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet tells the story of a seventh century prophet who changed world history in 23 years, and continues to shape the lives of more than 1.2 billion people. Three years in the making, the film takes viewers not only to ancient Middle Eastern sites where Muhammad's story unfolds, but into the homes, mosques and workplaces of some of America's estimated seven million Muslims to discover the many ways in which they follow Muhammad's example. Noted actor André Braugher is the narrator. (Kikim Media and Unity Productions Foundation, 2002). Go to http://www.pbs.org/muhammad/ for learning tools and a discussion forum on the film.

 
 
 
 

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