The Directors of the Peace On Earth Film Festival, along with the Board of Directors of Transcendence Global Media, NFP, are pleased to announce that the 2018 Peace On Earth Film Festival, coming in mid-March at a venue in Chicago.
Submissions for the 2018 POEFF will commence on Tuesday, June 20 and run through September 20, 2017. We are proud to announce our continued relationship with FilmFreeway and Withoutabox submission partners for the 2018 Peace On Earth Film Festival. For further details see: Guidelines for Submissions.
Beyond the Wall (USA, 75 min)
- Directed by Jenny Phillips & Bestor Cram
Mango Dreams (USA, India, 93 min)
- Directed by John Upchurch
Three Boats (three documentary poems) (USA, 12 min)
- Directed by Irina Patkanian
iWITNESS (Greece, 8 min)
- Directed by Georgios Mastrakoulis
A Bold Peace (USA, Costa Rica, 90 min)
- Directed by Matthew Eddy & Michael Dreiling
The Little Dictator (Israel, 29 min)
- Directed by Nurith Cohn
Dividing Line of Chicago (USA, 9 min)
- Directed by Students from Free Spirit Media at North Lawndale College Prep
Ubuntu: The Peace Exchange in South Africa (USA, S. Africa, 14 min)
- Produced by Chad Rispalje & Jessica Work (Free Spirit PRO)
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.
A look ahead to the 2017 Peace On Earth Film Festival. This year’s festival kicks off on Friday, March 10th at the Music Box Theatre.
By Robert C. Koehler
To read Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantanamo is to run your mind along the contours of hell.
The next step, if you’re an American, is to embrace it. Claim it. This is who we are: We are the proprietors of a cluster of human cages and a Kafkaesque maze of legal insanity. This torture center is still open. Men (“forever prisoners”) are still being held there, their imprisonment purporting to keep us safe.
The book, by Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir — two Algerian men arrested in Bosnia in 2001 and wrongly accused of being terrorists — allows us to imagine ourselves at Guantanamo, this outpost of the Endless War.