The 2016 Online Film Festival has ended.
Welcome to the Global Peace Film Festival Online. One of the joys of putting together the films for our online and live events is the chance to engage with audiences. This year we continue to bring new stories and issues to our audiences in Orlando, but we recognize that this year’s films must speak even more than in past years to community voices and healing. We are pleased to showcase films that honor the victims of the Pulse shooting, that invest in our shared, local environment and which offer local perspective on international events alongside stories from around the world.
Whether you’re watching from far away or right here in Central Florida, we hope you’ll share your thoughts with us on facebook and twitter about these stories using the hashtag #GPFFOnline. Let us know where you are and what you’re inspired to do to make your life, your community and the world a better place. It starts here, with you.
Finger on the Pulse
Director: Thomas Thorspecken
Illustrator Thomas Thorspecken documents the Orlando vigils and fundraisers in the aftermath of the June 12, 2016 Pulse Tragedy. He held an event asking local artists to gather for one night and create 49 portraits of the victims. 16 artists answered the call to create the 49 portraits in one night. City Song ~ Finger on the Pulse was written and arranged by Shadow Pearson and performed by the City Song Players.
Art I Am
Director: Shona Hammond Boys
Art I Am (AKA Oku Moe Moea) is a short film focusing on Victory, a boy who would seem to have it all. He is growing up in a beautiful location on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, surrounded by generations of his people. Victory must, however, deal with personal, family and community anguish as society changes. In doing so, he finds his way to a future through art. The film was made by Shona Hammond Boys, the Founder and Director of the New Zealand Children’s Art House Foundation. Shona has worked tirelessly over 50 years to provide creative opportunities to children in often difficult circumstances. This film has been rated G for general viewing by the New Zealand Film and Video Labelling Body. To see an interview with Shona Hammond, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u_nuuyOGUI&feature=youtu.be
Director: Lucio di Candia
Mostar Sevdah Reunion is a world music multiethnic band founded after the end of the war in the former Jugoslavia. Through interviews to musicians and other local artists, with the accompaniment of the songs of the group, with their typical balkan taste, the film narrates the social and cultural tension in Mostar, a city in the balance between a pitied past and an uncertain future. Can the universal language of music promote peace, tolerance and social harmony?
Director: Stanley Porteus
Birdkeeper follows the story of 11-year-old Stanley Porteus after he leaves the Green School in Bali to navigate the world of hack schooling. Inspired by an internship as a junior birdkeeper at the Begawan Foundation, a premier breed and release center in Bali, Stanley cares for the nearly extinct, and wildly beautiful, Bali Starling. Birdkeeper introduces Bali’s unique Bali Starling to the world and highlights Indonesia’s current songbird crisis, which springs from an ancestral Javanese cultural tradition. His film features an A-list cast of influencers including Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon and Stanford Professor Emeritus Philip Zimbardo.
Champion for Life
The Champion for Life™ is a declaration of human potential. It uses symbols and linguistics to speak directly to you and the possibilities that lie within. If “Read” is depicted in 300+ ways, how many permutations does your life have?
Director: Jason Outenreath
A conceptual artist, Alvaro Enciso, travels to remote regions of the Sonora Desert to lay crosses at the exact coordinates where undocumented immigrants have died in pursuit of the American Dream.
The Dead Unknown Part One: Moutain Jane Doe
Director: Michael Schiller
“The Dead Unknown” tells the story of Jane and John Does in America and the thousands of families left in the dark about their loved one’s fate – a problem the Department of Justice has called “the nation’s silent mass disaster.”In the summer of 1969, a young woman was found dead off a remote mountain trail in Harlan, Kentucky, with stab wounds to the chest. Her identity was a mystery. Part 1 of a three-part series. For more information, check out our full investigation:http://www.RevealNews.org/TheDeadUnknown
The Dead Unknown Part Two: The Exhumation
Director: Michael Schiller
Early morning on the day before Thanksgiving, investigators gather to dig up the grave of an unknown young woman, hoping to solve the mystery of her identity.
The Dead Unknown Part Three: What Secrets Lie Beneath
Director: Michael Schiller
In part three of “The Dead Unknown,” a young woman’s 12-year search for her father ends with more questions. Meanwhile, the case of Mountain Jane Doe takes an unexpected turn
Do You See Me?
Director: Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi
Do you see me? is a short documentary about the human rights challenges faced by the homeless community on the streets of Calgary.
Don’t Bring Scott
Director: David Pavlovsky
Don’t Bring Scott is a personal documentary portrait that investigates the roots of homophobia in the American family and its reinforcement via religion and society. When David’s working-class parents decide to celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary without inviting his life partner, this All-American, rural family is dragged into the 21st century.
Four Million Threads
Director: Jackie Hurwitz
Four Million Threads is a journey into the world where your clothes are made: the women joining the workforce, the managers on the top floor, and the disaster that changed them all.
Groaning From The Soul
Director: Steve Schoen
Jerry Rawicki is a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. After leaving Poland at the age of twenty-one, Mr. Rawicki returned for the first time in 2013 with his family and with Carolyn Ellis, an ethnographer who was working with him to depict his life during and after the Holocaust. The film shows and describes their visit to Treblinka, where Mr. Rawicki’s mother and sister were killed. Edited by co-producer, Steve Schoen, the film features Ellis and Rawicki as she tells the story of this experience and what happened there. Ellis invites the audience to enter the scene through the storytelling and visual images captured by her palm-sized hand-held camera. The viewer then can imagine the experience-thoughts, feelings, and images-the survivor has while walking through Treblinka for the first time, and the experience of the researcher as she negotiates her role as friend and compassionate researcher.
Holiday of Holidays
Director: Talia Cohen-Vigder
Filmed in Israel, by an 11 year old young American film maker , Talia Cohen-Vigder, “Holiday of Holidays” documents the annual holiday festival at the primary school located in the village of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam, Israel’s only purposely integrated community of Arabs and Jews. The festival, which exemplifies the school’s values, brings together the students’ families and enlists them to participate. Children perform together in both Arabic and Hebrew and engage the multiple cultures and histories of the groups inhabiting Israel, thus demonstrating the possibility not only for peaceful coexistence, but actual friendship and community among Jews and Arabs.
I Am Fundi
Director: Robin Canfield
Victor, a teacher with a challenging past, is shaping the future of Uganda by instilling excitement for science in young children so they will be confident, supported, and prepared for contemporary practices and technological advances.
A Living Wage
Director: Dan Albright
At the front lines of the struggle in Boston for a $15 minimum wage and union rights are fast food workers Darius Cephas and Tiny Figueroa. Over the course of one year, A Living Wage follows Tiny and Darius as they help build a major grassroots social movement and force local politicians into action.
Director: Camille Wainer
Madagascar’s Scars is a poignant five minute flash animation created by Camille Wainer in collaboration with the Lemur Conservation Foundation that captures the urgent environmental and social issues that threaten the future of wildlife and humans on the island of Madagascar.
Director: Rikke Tambo Andersen
Moving Target is a film about Ruby, a middle-aged human rights defender in Colombia. Ruby is a busy, but lonely lady, who lives with armed protection and spends most of her days in the back seat of a car, yet she stubbornly continues her work. Ruby has paid a high price for speaking up for the civilian victims in one of the longest-running conflicts in the world. Slowly Ruby’s story of persecution and loss unfolds, to create a compelling and personal portrait of a woman, whose life and destiny are inextricably connected to the armed conflict in Colombia. Moving Target aims to give an intimate look at the human consequences the Colombian conflict has had and continues to have on the civilians who live and die in it.
Director: Robin Canfield
A portrait of a man with a small idea who is making a big difference for his city. With the Bicycle Map Project, Jeffrey Lim created a map of ways to cycle around Kuala Lumpur.
The Nature of People
Director: Bess Tassoulas
A documentary film produced by The Nature Conservancy focused on people adapting in changing coastal communities. Meet Maricruz Mendoza, a leader of an ecotourism cooperative in Punta Allen, Mexico where the Mesoamerican reef is both a lifeline and defense to her community, and Grayson Chesser, a lifelong resident and community leader of The Eastern Shore, Virginia, who, along with his community, have “come to grips” with the changes in their environment and their home. These are stories of human resilience in a changing climate–where nature is a key element of people’s success now, and in the future.
Nomadic Community Gardens
Director: Ross Harrison
Nomadic Community Gardens breathe life into disused parts of cities, which become places where nature and community thrive. This short film shows one such project in East London. Find out more at www.nomadiccommunitygardens.org.
Oakland Nature Preserve
Director: Justice Soule
Explore the Oakland Nature Preserve to see the importance of Florida Ecology as outreach coordinator Hannah Gilbert discusses the different ways people can get involved with nature.
Orlando Green Works Initiative
Director: Justice Soule
We go on a brief tour of the Orlando Green Works Initiative that is working to create a cleaner greener way of living by the year 2040.
Return to Ryan’s Well
Director: Lalita Krishna
A six year old boy heard people were dying in Africa without clean water and he decided to do something about it. Ryan’s Hreljac started out to raise 70 dollars and didn’t stop when he heard that it cost 2000 dollars to build a well. In the past 15 years, Ryan has traveled to more countries than many world leaders, he has met dignitaries, been interviewed by celebrities. Has all of this changed Ryan? Not at all, he is still that little boy who dreams that one day everyone in the world will have clean water so kids can go to school.
Trapped in the Trade
Director: Jan Edwards
A cutting edge docufilm that takes the audience through Samantha’s experience of being at a new at High School and making friends, that lures and coerces her into the world of sex trafficking. The film highlights this insidious realm that is unimaginable to most: Children recruiting other children for financial gain, survival or sport right here in America, in our schools, our neighborhoods, our communities, through friendship and romance. Compelling, engaging and deeply human, Trapped in the Trade, is a story about the reality of unknown danger in relationships and the allure of being part of the ‘in’ crowd. It also offers hope by encouraging teens to trust themselves and empowers the audience to take action.