Peace Rising: World Peace & Global Unity Streaming Film Series
Films for the Planet is extending a welcome invitation for you to join the PEACE RISING: Streaming Film Series, September 9-24.
This month we are joining hundreds of organizations around the world to focus on World Peace. We are excited about the opportunities to catalyze the shared impact of globally-synchronized activities focused on peace and compassionate action – starting on September 9 and culminating with an annual global-synchronized meditation during World Peace Weekend, September, 23-24 with the World Peace and Global Unity Campaign. This year promises to be an unprecedented opportunity to unite our hearts’ collective capacity for creating and amplifying global good.
The streaming film series adds an exciting new dimension to the campaign by supporting opportunities for learning, sharing and connecting. We aim to inspire bridge building through cross-cultural understanding while helping individuals and communities move toward an increased global coherence that celebrates connectivity and unifies our hearts’ through peace and compassion.
ROOTED in PEACE challenges viewers to examine their values as citizens and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence.
The film relies not only on memoir, but also interviews with such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra, music legends Donovan, Mike Love, and Pete Seeger, film director David Lynch, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, media mogul Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, green architect William McDonough, neuroscientist Dan Siegel and many others. Reitman learns from all of them, and heeds Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s words, that if the forest is to be green, every tree must be green; if there’s going to be Peace on earth, then everybody needs to experience that quality of Peace within themselves. Watch the trailer here.
Register to watch the series on demand at Films for the Planet where you can access select films for FREE or starting at $.99 in support of the filmmaker from September 9-24. Virtual theater attendees can access the program and free viewing information anytime at the Members Circle and will be emailed timely reminders of the film viewings in addition to value added learning resources and take action opportunities for those wishing to explore topics further. Exceptional documentaries include:
- One Day on Earth | Kyle Ruddick, Brandon Litman | 1 hr. 45 minutes | Experience the beautiful cultural diversity of our world. We see both the challenges and hopes of humanity from a diverse group of 19,000 volunteer filmmakers assembled by a participatory media experiment that sets a world record: the first movie to feature footage from every country in the world on the same day. One Day on Earth was produced in collaboration with the United Nations and over 60 non-profit organizations. More than 7,000 people sent about 3,000 hours worth of video from every country with participants ranging from teenagers with cellphones to professional cinematographers with high-definition cameras. Trailer / Website
- PLANETARY | Guy Reid, Steve Watts Kennedy | 1 hr 25 minutes | PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wake-up call, a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. PLANETARY is a poetic and humbling reminder that it’s time to shift our perspective. In a stunning visual exploration, the film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts, environmentalists, anthropologists, and authors. They shed new light on the ways our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet. Trailer / Website
- AVoice4Peace | Bud Simpson | 44 minutes | AVoice4Peace offers a rare glimpse at the vibrant musical culture of Kenya and illustrates the contribution of three musicians who are using music – humanity’s universal language – to bring about peace around the world. Singers and musicians from every corner of the globe streamed their performance of “Ukuthula” on the International Day of Peace. Inspired by the movement, thousands of people all over the world shared on social media videos of their choirs singing Ukuthula, and thousands more were touched by the message of this simple prayer for peace.The film explores concepts of international musical collaboration, the global refugee crisis, socio-economic challenges and cultural differences that can trigger conflict, and the idea that peace begins and ends with the individual. FREE. Trailer
- A Quest for Meaning | Marc de la Ménardière, Nathanael Coste.| 1 hr. 28 minutes | The story of an impromptu road-trip undertaken by two childhood friends. This film reveals the profound aspirations of a whole generation in search of wisdom and common sense… Through the words of activists, biologists, philosophers, or guardians of ancestral traditions, Marc and Nathanael’s quest presents us with alternatives that are already building the world of tomorrow. This film captures the change in human consciousness currently happening all over the planet, and the desire to live in harmony with oneself and the world. FREE starting 9/19 Trailer / Website
- World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements | Chris Farina and Rosalia Films | 57 minutes | A documentary on John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia and his students as they participate in Hunter’s remarkable educational exercise the World Peace Game. This hands-on political simulation gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. Trailer
A free live stream entitled: “The Neuroscience of Peace – Tapping into our Hearts’ Intelligence” is scheduled for September 23 from 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. PST with Rollin McCraty Ph.D., founder of the Global Coherence Initiative (GCI). Dr. McCraty, Executive Vice President and Director of Research at HeartMath Institute, was one of the early scientific pioneers in the field of personal and global coherence. This event is a prelude to the International Day of Peace global-synchronized meditation and is a complementary addition to the streaming film series.
David Nicol, PhD, Co-founder and Director of the Gaiafield Project and Co-founder and Co-director of BeThePeace will be joining us for this exciting event. He is author of Subtle Activism: The Inner Dimension of Social and Planetary Transformation and is adjunct faculty in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program at CIIS, where he teaches classes on Subtle Activism. He has been on a path of spiritual development for over twenty years and is a long-term practitioner of the Diamond Approach of A.H. Almaas.
You can watch documentaries on demand anytime or host a group screening to connect with others and engage in thoughtful discussion and civic actions that add enormous value to our communities and our world. Ignite a film conversation in your community as a way to participate in The Global Unity Games: Building Bridges – the 16-day challenge to unify communities around the world in peace and compassionate action. Players and teams can challenge and inspire each other to organize actions that build bridges between peace, prosperity, and the planet. Create your own service projects around film as a featured way to play.
The Global Unity Games are part of the World Peace & Global Unity Campaign organized by Unify and Compassion Games.
You can share your individual or group film experience on the Compassion Report Map to highlight, measure, and celebrate the collective impact our actions have around the world!
To be part of Team: Films For The Planet and Click here to play The Global Unity Games: Building Bridges for Peace, Prosperity and The Planet.
- Register to receive FREE and on demand viewing information on Films for the Planet.
- Watch individually or organize a group screening as part of the global synchronized activities through the Global Unity Games: Building Bridges featured ways to play.
- Share your individual or group film experience on the Compassion Report Map to highlight, measure, and celebrate the collective impact our actions have around the world!
Time and again we have seen film catalyze civic engagement and ignite social movements with an initial spark of learning and imagination. Check out our Art of Hosting Film resources for hosting a film conversation in your home, business or local community during the World Peace and Global Unity campaign or throughout the year – on the Members Circle page. Not a member? Register now to access PEACE RISING and all of our featured programs.
World Peace & Global Unity Streaming Film Series
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Films for the Planet invites you to join the World Peace and Global Unity Streaming Film Series September 9-24. Films include ROOTED in PEACE, Planetary, One Day on Earth, A Quest for Meaning, A Voice4Peace, and World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements. Ignite a film conversation in your community! Sign up here to access select films for FREE or starting at $.99 in support of the filmmaker.
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“We are at a turning point in the development of our global community. It’s an unprecedented time when many of us are reflecting on how we can make the most positive impact. We are ready for more authentic connections, to promote peace and understanding, to spread prosperity and freedom, and protect and restore our planet.”.
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