POEFF Partners with O+ Festival

Peace On Earth  Film Festival is pleased to announce partnership with O+: Chicago Festival, (July 8, 9 and 10, 2016) in the presentation of three POEFF Archival films:

A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone*
(USA, Short Documentary – 56 min)
Directed & Produced by Maureen “Mo” Morris,

Winner 2016 POEFF Best Short Documentary

Long before Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, Edythe Boone embodied that truth as an artist, educator, and great-grandmother. When a deeply personal tragedy ignites a national outcry, everything that Edy has worked for comes into question. A New Color illuminates the social issues of our time and how the work of one woman reverberates throughout a community.


(USA, Short Narrative – 21 min)
Directed by Stephen Barton

Winner 2016 POEFF Student Voices for Peace, Most Inspiring Story

Michael is a 12 year old boy with autism. Because of ASD he endures ridicule and rejection from kids in school and his impoverished community. But he puts his curse to work and creates beautiful art with intricate sketches of scenes he sees in his violent world, and the lives of people he doesn’t even know change in profound and significant ways.  


UNAFRAID: Voices From the Crime Victims Treatment Center*
(USA, Short Documentary – 44 min)
Directed by Karin Venegas

Selection 2015 POEFF

Set at St. Luke’s Hospital’s pioneering Crime Victims Treatment Center in New York City, this film tells the real stories of four rape survivors and their struggles and ultimate triumphs on the road to healing. Theirs is a story of courage, resilience, and activism.

* with permission of filmmakers

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Community Movie Night at Hosteling International Chicago

Thursday, December 17th, 2015
6:30 to 9:00 PM
Hostelling International Chicago J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel
24 E. Congress Pkwy, Chicago
Second Floor Meeting Room
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6:44 PM: Abdulai
(USA, Short Documentary, 15 min) Directed by Aidan Avery & Lane Brown


Abdulai is a portrait piece. Through the eyes of a village patriarch, this poetic and observational documentary short sets out to reveal the basis of joy and sense of community in Ekumfi-Atakwa, Ghana. While exploring both the strength and resilience found in this remote African village, the film shine light on the source of happiness from a new perspective.

Ghana native tongue with English subtitles


7:25 PM: UN FILS (A Son)
(Canada, Short Narrative, 20 min) Directed by Andre Gaumond


Produced in collaboration with the Quebec Association in Suicide Prevention, A son tells the story of a psychologist, Sebastien Huberdeau, who pushes a young boy to tell why he wanted to end his life. What he discovers will go beyond his expectations.

French with English subtitles


(UK, Short Narrative, 17 min) Directed by Seb Edwards


FRIDAY is the story of a teenager struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother on the one-year anniversary of the tragic event.


Every Third Thursday of the month, the POEFF team will present Three Films under 30 minutes in length, from its’ festival archive (with permission of the filmmakers) and engage audience members in interpersonal dialogue.

Community Movie Nights are a program of the Peace On Earth Film Festival based on the Dialogue for Peace Outreach Education Program (DFP),  to date we have brought the DFP to over 7,000 students in 42 different schools within Cook County.