Moving into our 9th year, the Peace On Earth Film Festival (POEFF) celebrates and supports independent filmmakers and their work from around the world on the themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and eco-balance: films within the various modalities of peace genre. POEFF aims to contribute to a culture of peace through international cinema, dialogue and programming highlighting individuals on the vanguard of peace activism and social change.
Presenting a program of multi-faceted films, POEFF focuses on reshaping attitudes, encouraging and highlighting nonviolent practices, and opening minds to the possibility of communication, consideration, tolerance and understanding. POEFF features Filmmakers’ Panel and Peacemakers’ Panel discussions, and a Closing Night Awards Ceremony where exhibiting filmmakers are honored, and category winners receive accolades and cash prizes.
India’s Daughter (India, 62 min)
- Directed by Leslee Udwin
Happy Those Who Cry (Paraguay, 92 min)
- Directed & Produced by Marcello Torcida
A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone (USA, 56 min)
- Directed & Produced by Marlene "Mo" Morris
Aullido (Howl) (Guatemala, 23 min)
- Directed & Co-produced by M.D. Neely
Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 (UK, 85 min)
- Directed & Produced by Phil Furey
Holodomor: Voices of Survivors (Ukrainian Famine/Genocide) (Canada, 30 min)
- Directed & Produced by Ariadna Ochrymovych
Daily Bread (USA, 9 min)
- Directed & Produced by Betsy Tsai
Our Girl (UK, 3 min)
- Written, Directed & Produced by Ruth Beni
- Designed & Animated by Erica Russell
Sketch (USA, 21 min)
- Directed by Stephen T. Barton
The Lives We Stand For (USA, 13 min)
- Directed by Scott Brown, Morgan Jackson & Zahra Haider
Student Voices for Peace Awards
Student Voices for Peace Showcases are held on Thursday (middle school) and Friday (high school) mornings of the festival. The students screen Official Selections that the POEFF Teacher Advisory Panel has recommended to the festival directors for students in 7th – 12th grades. The students share dialogue on each film then cast their votes for the Student Choice Award for Most Inspiring Story.
A special category that the festival directors created 5 years ago to recognize short and feature documentaries that expose a subject that has received little or no media or public attention, but that shares a potent message, and a clear demonstration that change is needed and is possible.
The 8th Annual Peace on Earth Film Festival, will honor Gordon Quinn and Kartemquin Films for their 50 years of making films about people whose lives are most directly affected by social and political change.
Festival directors, Nick Angotti, Clayton Monical and Milissa Pacelli, will present Gordon Quinn with an award on Friday, March 4th following the 7:45pm screening of one of his first films, What The Fuck Are These Red Squares? (1970) Social activist and cinematographer, Peter Kuttner, who first worked with Gordon Quinn on HUM 255 (1969), will introduce and chat with Quinn of his early career.
In What The Fuck Are These Red Squares?, documents striking students who meet at a “Revolutionary Seminar” at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970 in response to the invasion of Cambodia and the killing of protesting students at Kent and Jackson State Universities.