Peace On Earth Film Festival Outreach Programs

Dialogue for Peace Outreach

A program of the Peace On Earth Film Festival, the Dialogue for Peace Outreach Education Program (DFP) is in accord with the Festival’s mission – to use film to challenge attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate discord and to plant seeds for creating a socially just, non-violent and eco-balanced world – we continue to bring to light harmful effects of intolerance and aggression and to present a diverse array of ideas and perspectives as well as models of courage and positive change.

Dialogue for Peace also fosters a broadening understanding of violence to encompass bullying, use of discriminatory language and damage to the natural environment. Given how earnestly young people desire to be competent within their relationships and find meaningful, effective ways to express their idealism, there is no limit to the ripple effect as they apply DFP lessons throughout their lives beyond the classroom and DFP sessions.

To date we have brought the DFP to over 7,000 students in 32 different schools within Cook County.

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Student Voices for Peace Showcase

Held annually on the first day of the POEFF, Student Voices for Peace Showcase is FREE, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call the POEFF at 773.273.1598 if you are interested in booking your school or community organization.

  • Target Grades: 7th – 12th.
  • 3 – 5 selected films in competition at the festival are shown, followed by an interactive discussion of each film with the student audience.
  • The discussion includes POEFF Directors, as well as filmmakers in attendance whose films were selected for the Showcase
  • Films for the student audience are selected on relatable themes specific to young people on peace, nonviolence, social justice and an eco-balanced world. Dialogue and discussion includes: establishing best practices of listening to and honoring another’s story, sharing challenges to peace in the students’ own lives, and exploring assumptions and attitudes.
  • To ensure that every student can share their voice, each is provided a voting/comment card and pencil. After seeing the films and participating in the discussion, the students vote (and may include personal comments on the films/discussion) for the following award: “Student Choice Award for Most Inspiring Story”
  • This special award, voted on solely by the students and staff attending the Student Voices for Peace Showcase, is presented to the winning filmmaker along with the other festival awards at the gala closing ceremony on Sunday evening.
The Peace On Earth Film Festival is neither affiliated nor sponsored by Universal Studios