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|Peace One Day|
Actors: The Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Jeremy Gilley, Bianca Chiminello, Judi Dench
Director: Jeremy Gilley
The story of one mans attempts to persuade the global community via the united nations to oficially sanction a global ceasefire day: a day of non-violence: a day of peace worldwide. Studio: Arts Alliance America Release ... more »
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Robert D. Steele | Oakton, VA United States | 08/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
This is quite a nice personal effort, and has not only been added to my List of "Serious DVDs" but also led to my buying a companion DVD "The Peace!" that features interviews with peace advocates world-wide.
For me, one of the most valuable aspects of the DVD was the individual snap-shots of various global leaders including United Nations, Organization of African Unity, and so on.
Costa Rica was initially key and then blew it. French is clearly the language of Africa and the language of peace and inter-cultural communication.
This individual demonstrated that good ideas can raise funds from both individuals and corporations.
The film maker concludes that inter-cultural collaboration and communication are critical, and supplements this with several statements that suggest that truth and reconciliation commissions are essential across the board. One person points out that Palestinian and Israeli schools are both in the business of teaching hate for the other side, and until that is fixed, there will be no peace.
Over all, I found this quite worthwhile. In my own mind I tie it to the Collective Intelligence movement (e.g. Tom Atlee of the Co-Intelligence Institute and author of "The Tao of Democracy," to spiritual films such as "What the Bleep Do We Know," and to prayer sit-ints that have demonstrably reduced crime in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere for their duration.
Sadly, just as the film maker was about to succeed, the UN day of peace, 11 September, was turned into a day of terror, 9/11. While the film ends on an uplifting note, we clearly have our challenges.
Most definitely worthwhile for anyone willing to sit still for bit over an hour and absorb all that this film has to offer."
j. sistin | Los Angeles, CA | 04/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"See the power of one man's conviction to make the world a better place inspire the UN to create a worldwide ceasfire day. Sound overly-idealistic? Sound like just another "day" that comes and goes like any other? Not quite. This movie shows the strength of the human spirit and the ability each one of us has to improve the human condition. Watch this movie and dream big."
A Challenging, Moving, Thought-Provoking True Story
Carole M. Capoun | Chicago | 11/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this DVD after searching on-line for an input for a day of retreat for a group of "associates", women and men who share the spirituality and mission of our religious community, and some religious sisters who were drawn to the title, "Peace One Day," All were deeply moved by the story of one person trying to make a difference, a real peace-maker. All were surprised that we had not heard about this in the U.S. media. Several individuals plan to gather small groups of neighbors and friends to show this in their own homes. The fact that the day of this retreat was right after the starting this year of the UN General Assembly and the anniversary of 9/11 added to the impact. It was a very well made video."
Daniel B. Clendenin | www.journeywithjesus.net | 01/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The British film maker Jeremy Gilley documents his personal campaign to establish a single day of global peace and non-violence. In fact, he discovered that Costa Rica had won approval for an original international day of peace back in 1981, so Gilley's quest was to reinvigorate the day with a new and fixed date, September 21 of every year at the United Nations. It took five years of meetings with school children, Nobel Peace laureates, heads of states, NGO bureaucrats, media moguls and even the Dalai Lama, but on September 7, 2001 the United Nations voted unanimously to approve a resolution to designate every September 21 as the new International Day of Peace. In the bitterest of ironies, Kofi Annan was scheduled to ring the peace bell and proclaim the change on September 11, the last day of peace before the new, fixed date on September 21 took effect the following year. Yes, the documentary includes Gilley's naysayers who derided his quest as a hapless and romantic gesture, but I for one join those who saluted him for doing anything and everything to encourage humanity to forsake violence and war."