Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Peace on Film. (Paths to Peace)

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Peace on Film. (Paths to Peace)

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If war films tell the story of state-sanctioned killing, peace films recount the efforts of individuals and groups who believe that conflicts can be settled bloodlessly through moral force, truth force, resistance force, education force and spiritual force.

Without much attention from the mainstream press, filmmakers have been at work documenting alternatives to violence. Here is a sampling of recent peace films. All are available on VHS.

"Starting Out Right: Peace in the Preschools" Office of Peace Education, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago IL 60631. (800) 638-3522. 27 minutes

"Folktales of Peace" (One & Two) Mennonite Central Committee, 27 S. 12th St., Akron PA 17501. (717) 859-1151 www.mcc.org/respub.html 22 minutes & 28 minutes

"I to I: Integrating Conflict Resolution into the Elementary School Community" Friends School of Minnesota, 3244 34th Ave. South, Minneapolis MN 55406. (612) 722-2046. www.fsm.pvt.k12.mn.us 34 minutes

"Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace" A&E Television Network. New Video Group, 126 Fifth Ave., New York NY 10011. store.aetv.com 50 minutes

"An Act of Conscience: Standing Up for Your Beliefs Begins at Home" Turning Tide Productions, P.O. Box 864, Wendell MA 01379. (800) 557-6414. www.turningtide.com 90 minutes

"A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict" (in two parts) Films for the Humanities and Sciences. P.O. Box 2053, Princeton N.J. 08543. (800) 257-5126. www.films.com 90 minutes each

"The Media and the Image of War" Center for Defense Information, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. …

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