The 2021 Global Peace Film Festival returns to the Winter Park Library featuring films from diverse perspectives and from across the globe. Visit http://peacefilmfest.org/ to view the complete movie schedule and purchase tickets. Presented by: Winter Park Library in partnership with The Global Peace Film Festival.
1 PM - ATOMIC COVER-UP
USA – 2020 – 52 mins. Director: Greg Mitchell. Producers: Susan Mitchell, Greg Mitchell
"Atomic Cover-up" is the first documentary to explore the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 from the unique perspective, words, and startling images of the brave cameramen and directors who risked their lives filming in the irradiated aftermath. It reveals how this historic footage, created by a Japanese newsreel crew and then an elite U.S. Army team (who shot the only color reels), was seized, classified top secret, and then buried by American officials for decades to hide the full human costs of the bombings as a costly nuclear arms race raged.
These rich, vital materials are carefully assembled for haunting effect and maximum relevance for today as nuclear dangers reach peak intensity and official "cover-ups" expand. Charlie Seaborn contributed an original score and Alex Gibney and Alex Winter served as chief advisers.
"They told me, hell no and damn no--they didn't want those images shown to the public at a time when they were planning to build bigger bombs." --Lt. Daniel McGovern, leader of the American film team, to "Atomic Cover-up" director Greg Mitchell
2:30 PM - SEEDING CHANGE: THE POWER OF CONCIOUS COMMERCE
USA/Brazil – 2020 – 51 mins. Director/Producer: Richard Yelland
Twenty years ago, a young group of social entrepreneurs started a company to sustainably harvest acai in the Brazilian rainforest. Along the way, they joined a movement of purpose-driven companies looking to change the world through an alternative economic model. These "triple bottom line" businesses measure success not only financially but also socially and environmentally. Their practice of "conscious commerce" addresses some of today’s most challenging issues. This award-winning documentary empowers viewers to be part of the solution by "voting with their dollars" and supporting brands and products that make positive change for the planet.
4:30 PM - SON OF A SWEEPER and GANDHI REDISCOVERED
Son of a Sweeper
USA/India – 2020 – 28 mins. Director: Lisa Mills
Vimal Kumar is the son of a sweeper, or “untouchable” in India’s cruel caste system. This film profiles his efforts to provide different options and more hope for other children of sweepers through education. The film follows him around India as he manages his “Movement for Scavenger Community” and observe his challenges... and his success.
India – 2021 – 27 mins. Director: Rohit Dhuliya
‘Gandhi Rediscovered’ is an account of the formation of Gandhian philosophy and its relevance to contemporary times. It looks into the childhood of Gandhi and his journey to becoming a Mahatama. Gandhi was not an extraordinary child. He had the flaws of any person. But it was his great strength of character that transformed him. The film considers the impact of Gandhian philosophy on education and politics, and how it influenced political leaders including Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela as well as peace movements around the world. The film looks at Gandhian philosophy or methods not just as a political tool but as a way of living a holistic life.
6 PM - BREAK FOR IMPACT
USA/Mexico – 2020 – 57 mins. Director: Christine Kane. Producers: Aaron Hosé, Christine Kane
In the Spring of 2020, a legal studies professor and a group of students from Florida journey to the US-Mexico border during an "alternative spring break" experience and embed themselves within organizations fighting the growing humanitarian crisis. They discover a series of harrowing facts about the treatment and fate of Central American asylum seekers.
8 PM - NO TIME TO WASTE and REPARATIONS
NO TIME TO WASTE: THE URGENT MISSION OF BETTY REID HOSKIN
USA – 2020 – 52 mins. Director: Carl Bidleman. Executive Producers: Marsha Mather-Thrift, Doug McConnell
No Time to Waste celebrates legendary 98-year-old park ranger Betty Reid Soskin's inspiring life, work and urgent mission to restore critical missing chapters of America’s story. The film follows her journey as an African American woman presenting her personal story from a kitchen stool in a national park theater to media interviews and international audiences who hang on every word she utters.
The documentary captures her fascinating life -- from the experiences of a young Black woman in a WWII segregated union hall, through her multi-faceted career as a singer, activist, mother, legislative representative and park planner to her present public role.
At the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, Betty illuminates the invisible histories of African Americans and other people of color. Her efforts have changed the way the National Park Service conveys this history to audiences across the U.S., challenging us all to move together toward a more perfect union.
USA – 2021 – 30 mins. Director: Jon Osaki
Reparations explores the four-century struggle to seek repair and atonement for slavery in the United States. Black and Asian Americans reflect on the legacy of slavery, the inequities that persists, and the critical role that solidarity between communities has in acknowledging and addressing systemic racism in America.