Global Peace Film Festival

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Program Type: Films & Music
Age: Adult

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.

12:30 PM - OTHERS BEFORE SELF

USA/India – 2021 – 54 mins. Director: Seth McClellan

Learn how child refugees keep their culture after China took their country. The kids at Tibetan Children's Village tell the story of the occupation of Tibet and show how their school teaches the wisdom of their culture and helps them work towards returning to their homeland.

An intimate and visually stunning portrait of the lives, history and beliefs of the young refugees at Tibetan Children's Village in the Indian Himalayas.

 

3:00 PM - KID CANDIDATE

USA – 2021 – 67 mins. Director: Jasmine Stodel. Producer: Gunpowder & Sky, XTR

Kid Candidate tells the story of Hayden Pedigo, a 24-year old experimental musician and his unlikely run for city council in Amarillo, TX, after his Harmony Korine-inspired spoof campaign video went viral. The film captures a unique political story in real time – one that is even more relevant in election years where young Americans are embracing the importance of local government. Through the lens of one particularly unique candidate, the film exposes the systemic problems that face communities across the country and provides a funny, disarming example of how any of us, even the most unlikely characters, can make positive changes for the world around them.

 

5:30 PM - LOCAL SHORTS: VILLAGE (FREE)DGE, KING PHILIP'S BELT, ABC REFLECTION, GRAPE LEAVES, and ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE, 

THE VILLAGE (FREE)DGE

USA – 2021 – 11 mins. Director: Alicia Geraldine Edwards. Producers: Dennis Scholl, Danielle Bender, Nadege Green

As Covid-19 leaves Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood under siege, Sherina Jones tirelessly combats food insecurity. With community ground support, she fights daily to keep the Village (Free)dge filled.

KING PHILIP’S BELT: A STORY OF WAMPUM

USA – 2020 – 19 mins. Director: Fermin Rojas Producers: Paula Peters, Steven Peters, Fermin Rojas, James Kubesch, Bruce Donnelly

For the first time in nearly 300 years, the Native-American Wampanoag tribes are weaving a new ceremonial wampum belt. They believe this belt will "call out" to the legendary belt once worn by Sachem King Philip (Metacom), lost to history after his death at the hands of the colonists.The film documents the creation of a ceremonial wampum belt by members of the Mashpee and Aquinnah Wampanoag tribes. Local artisans were engaged to craft thousands of beads and spent almost a year weaving the belt. The creation of the new belt was part of a broader campaign to more accurately educate audiences about the complex relationship between English colonists - The Pilgrims - and their Native American counterparts. The timing of the belt’s construction and production of the film was to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim’s arrival in the New World. Through interviews with weavers, bead-makers, historians and tribal leaders we get a fresh perspective of the political, spiritual, economic and cultural importance of wampum - in all its forms - both historically and for present or future generations. This project was developed and produced in collaboration with the Wampanoag firm Smoke Sygnals. The firm is owned and operated by Steven Peters and his mother Paula Peters who are members of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe on Cape Cod.

AN ABC REFLECTION

USA – 2021 – 9 mins. Director/Producer: Michelle Hung

A young American Born Chinese explores her cultural heritage and reflects on her identity.

GRAPE LEAVES
USA – 2017 – 8 mins. Director: Dina Najjar. Producers: Salem Murphy, Dina Najjar

Salma, a well-respected, Arab American professor, is stunned into silence after her world is shaken in the wake of an unthinkable tragedy. She is forced to rethink the relationships with those closest to her. How she reshapes her life will alter all she understood and trusted. With the love of her family, Salma regains the hope and strength she needs to ignite future change.

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE: RUNNING MAN THEATRE COMPANY
USA – 2021 – 9 mins. Director: Allison Steward. Producer: Steven Schoen

Running Man Theatre is an Orlando-based company run out of OCA, which caters to actors of all abilities. This is its origin story.

 

8:00 PM - THE CONDUCTOR
USA – 2021 – 90 mins. Director: Bernadette Wegenstein. Producer: Annette Porter

Marin Alsop is a woman of firsts. She was the first (and only) conductor to receive a MacArthur Award. Marin became the first female to be appointed as music director of a major symphony, the first female music director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the first woman to conduct the BBC’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’. In 2020, Marin became the first woman ever appointed as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) and speculation in music circles suggests that she’s on track to become the first woman to conduct the prestigious Vienna New Year’s Concert. Born into a musical family in New York, Marin set her sights on becoming a conductor at just nine years old while accompanying her father to one of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s concerts. Her journey to professional success was neither easy nor straightforward, however at a time when, according to NYT reporter Michael Cooper, “it was easier for a female to become a leader of a G5 nation or a Five Star General than to become a conductor of a major symphony.” Despite being told “being told “girls can’t do that” and being repeatedly rejected by the establishment of classical music,” Marin Alsop persisted and never let go of her dream of becoming a conductor. And now, as she says, “Look at me, I’m doing it!” Set to a breathtaking soundtrack of her performances, The Conductor tells Marin’s story through a combination of intimate interviews and shared professional and private moments, encounters with musicians and cognoscenti in the music world, unseen archival footage with her mentor Leonard Bernstein, and Vérité scenes of Marin conducting some of the world’s great orchestras and teaching the next wave of conductors who, like her, were being excluded from the classical music canon.