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2017 Online Film Festival | Global Peace Film Festival
Sept. 18-23, 2018 | Orlando, FL

2017 Online Film Festival

Sponsored By:
Full Sail University

Welcome to the Global Peace Film Festival Online. Each year we celebrate our year-round work in the Orlando area with a festival that educates, inspires and motivates our friends and neighbors. With the online festival, we extend that mission, hoping to share stories, viewpoints and models for action far beyond the reach of our live event. This year’s online slate runs the gamut from films that will make you smile to those that will make you think to those that will remind you of the solemn bond of our shared humanity.

The 2017 Online Film Festival has concluded.

American Storytellers

American StorytellersLuther College; produced, written and directed by Emily Tope

Free River Press, a nonprofit publishing house, is dedicated to creating a collective autobiography of America. After establishing the press in 1989, Robert Wolf has traveled across the country, holding writing workshops and collecting stories from Americans of all walks of life, with the hope that by sharing our stories, we can underline our common humanity.


ArmourProduced, directed and written by Sanyog Mohite

A cheeky PSA which flips the script on military might versus green power.


AVOICE4PEACEDirected by Bud Simpson

AVOICE4PEACE offers a rare glimpse at the vibrant and expressive musical culture of Kenya and illustrates the meaningful contribution of three musicians who use music – humanity’s universal language – to bring about peace in Kenya and around the world.

Between Us

Between UsRed Shield Pictures; produced, directed and written by Brad Rothschild

A group of Israelis and Palestinians gather to mourn together and see that only through dialogue can the two sides move past their differences to a better future.

Between Wagons and the Moon

Between Wagons and the MoonA Deeprootfilm Production; produced, directed and written by Brian Oh

A Colombian-American musician, La Muna resides in Nogales, Sonora along the US-Mexico border where she writes songs about migrants and deportees she meets.

Change for Good

Change for GoodSunfire Films, LLC; produced, directed and written by Chris Williamson

A young woman, Briana Daniel, starts a nonprofit called Street Team Movement to lead the fight helping the homeless and needy in Orlando feel dignity and respect by helping them wash their clothes.

The Curious End to the War Against Ourselves

The Curious End to the War Against OurselvesPurchin Films; produced, written and directed by Andrew Purchin

How do we not hate the hater? Armed with a 170 foot linen scroll and art supplies, a few pilgrims offered a guided art making meditation at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in the summer of 2016.

Cycle of Change (Ciclo de Cambio)

Cycle of ChangeActuality Media; produced by Avani Mack; directed by Sarah Frei

Moved by the lack of opportunity for women and youth in her community in El Salvador, Reina Molino ventures to Guatemala to study bici-maquinas—bicycle pedal-power technology.

Finding Pride

Finding PrideProduced and directed by Ellen Marie Lewis

Arcigay Genova’s youth group, currently fronted by Antonella Lupo and Davide Liguori, engages teens and young adults in LGBTQ activism and provides a community of likeminded peers. We join Antonella, Davide, and other members of the group as they discuss social justice in action, feeling a sense of belonging in their local community, and their hopes for the future of the group in the final weeks leading up to the 2016 Liguria Pride Festival.

Fired Up

Fired UpProduced and directed by Dan Fipphen & Elyse Kelly

Fired Up is a short animated film that depicts the origin story of President Obama’s famed “Fired up, ready to go” chant.

On a rainy day in June of 2007, President Obama found himself speaking to a subdued crowd in the tiny town of Greenwood, SC. He was exhausted, soaking wet, and beginning to doubt the whole campaign when a voice called out from the back, “Fired up, ready to go!”. The chant, started by one unassuming woman in a church hat, transformed the audience and went on to become a rallying cry in every corner of America.

With the audio of President Obama’s speech as the soundtrack, the film combines original animation by 14 artists from around the world.

Girls Like Us

Girls Like UsActuality Media; produced by Hailey Sprinkel; directed by C. Dallas Golden

Women in Tanzania are expected to stay home and care for the children while their husbands are at work. Winnie, a typical teenager, needed an outlet and so she joined Apps & Girls – an organization that teaches young girls how to code.

I Love Haiti

I Love HaitiProduced, directed and written by Jørgen Johansen
A short documentary about the Haitian street artist Moise Jerry Rosembert and his work for social change in Haiti. After the earthquake in 2010 Jerry has spread awareness about the situation of the country and hope for a better future through his street art. In a country with a high illiteracy rate, visual communication is important.

Inner Me

Inner MeOffice Number Four; produced by Antonio and Giacomo Spanò; directed by Antonio Spanò; written by Giacomo Spanò.

Inner Me is a short documentary that intimately portrays the struggles of four deaf women in the city of Butembo, in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, a country defined by war. In Congo women’s voices are rarely heard. Victims of a systemic rape culture, women often experience oppression, discrimination and abuse.

The Other Side

The Other SideProduced, written and directed by Ching Cheng

A Fox solider crosses the line to confront a monster.

Our Canada, My Story: Ali Duale

Our Canada, My StoryHumainologie & Canadian Museum for Human Rights; produced by Canadian Museum for Human Rights & Humainologie; directed by Salima Stanley-Bhanji

“If I had stayed in Somalia, I believe I would not be alive today.”

Canada has made an international commitment to protect refugees. Arriving in Canada as a refugee in 1997, Ali faced many challenges as he built his new life with his family.

Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary: Bonnie A. Perry – Agency and Grace

Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary ...Artcanoe Productions; produced, written and directed by Hether Hoffmann

Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary: Bonnie A. Perry: Agency and Grace” (1st in the series, 2nd film is in production) explores the spirituality of water and life balance through paddling, sport, and sermons. The video was filmed in several loactions including Pictured Rocks, Maine coast, and Lake Michigan (Chicago). Bonnie A. Perry is an American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 4 Instructor Trainer. In the British Canoe Union (BCU), she is a Level 3 Sea Coach, a 3 Star Assessor, and a 5 Star sea paddler as well as a Wilderness First Responder. She has trained intensively on the Isle of Skye and on the West Coast of Scotland. When not paddling, Bonnie is the Rector/Senior Pastor at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chicago, Illinois.

Remember everything, to not forget anyone

Remember everything, to not forget anyoneWrong Advertising (Milan, Italy); produced and written by Enrico Chiarugi; directed by Paolo Caspani

A man is walking around Lampedusa, an Italian island, reciting the names of the victims of October 3rd 2013, when more than 500 emigrants died while attempting to reach Europe. He is one of the very few established Italian “hyperthymesiacs”, people with an extraordinary autobiographical memory.

The Sky is Falling…

The Sky is FallingProduced, written and directed by Adriene Jenik

The low estimate of civilian deaths by US drone strikes recorded in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan totaled 616 civilian deaths in Nov. 2016. From sunup to sundown, I memorialized each of these verified civilian drone deaths through a series of simple gestures.