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


Due to Hurricane Irma, the following events have been cancelled or postponed:

  • The K-12 Peace Art Exhibit in Orlando City Hall has been postponed;
  • The One Voice Orlando screenings on Friday, Sept. 22, of Love the Sinner for Somos Orlando have been cancelled;
  • And the Media Dialogue panel discussion, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, has been cancelled.

The rest of the festival screenings and events will run as scheduled.

2017 Events

K-12 Peace Art Exhibit (Event postponed)

Due to Hurricane Irma, the K-12 Peace Art Exhibit and Opening Reception has been postponed.

The Global Peace Film Festival works in collaboration with visionary Orange County Public School educators to present the student Peace Art Exhibit which is displayed in the Orlando City Hall Rotunda during the festival.

The exhibit gives students the opportunity to discuss and reflect upon conflict resolution and peace; whether it be about their own peace or something they’ve seen on the news. Art is a way for students to express their views of what peace means to them and to offer their own ideas of how to promote peace through their schools.

Orlando City Hall
City Commons
400 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

Tutu: Then and Now

The Global Peace Film Festival, in association with the Downtown Arts District and the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, is proud to present a unique photography exhibit, “Tutu: Then and Now,” at the CityArts Factory in downtown Orlando.

“Tutu: Then and Now” includes the work of two South African photojournalists. Sumaya Hisham’s work looks at Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in his life today. Eric Miller photographed the Archbishop during the Apartheid period through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and his work with Nelson Mandela.

An opening reception will take place during the Third Thursday Gallery Hop on Thursday, September 21 – the International Day of Peace – and show will be on display until mid-October.

Past Events

Support GPFF 2016 Alumna Denise Dragiewicz on her new project: ANDASIBE


If you were lucky, you screened A Butterfly Space during this Fall’s GPFF. We were delighted to host Denise and her husband during the festival. Their work to bring attention to critical issues and to spotlight holistic, organic solutions speaks to the delicate inter-relationship of people and their environment.  Their current project takes them to Madagascar to a village called ANDASIBE. Madagascar is home to one of the thirty-five “hotspots” identified by scientists for their diversity and their role in sustaining weather patterns, among other functions that affect us all.  Please check out their IndieGoGo page to learn more and support their work:–2#/

Support GPFF Alumnus Brad Rothschild! His latest film, TREE MAN, screens November 16 at DOC NYC, 9:45pm in New York City!

Tree Man

I know, I know.  We haven’t even had Thanksgiving dinner and the stores are already filling up with Christmas gear; yet here I am adding to the ever earlier start of the Christmas season by writing about the charming doc, TREE MAN, which will screen later this week at DOC NYC.  I love this doc for many reasons, but its subjects of work and ritual and family are particularly intriguing.  Tree Man profiles a vanishing breed of seasonal worker in this age of big box stores with their deathly efficient inventory and labor models and computer apps that “share” the economy of strangers with algorithmic ease.  Tree Man follows Francois as he journeys from Quebec to New York City to set up camp by the hard curb of an Upper West Side neighborhood, foregoing the holiday festivities with his own family to bring that fresh-cut sprig of holiday spirit to the homes of New Yorkers.  He has been coming to NYC to sell trees for years.  In that time, Francois has built more than a seasonal business, he’s built tender relationships that truly embody the giving spirit of the holidays.

Tree Man doesn’t spare on the gritty details to romanticize this seasonal job or gloss over the competition Francois and his fellow tree men (and women) face from chain grocery and home improvement stores.  Beyond the engaging story of Francois’ annual trek to NYC to sell trees, the film offers an opportunity to ponder what we value most about the season’s rituals and the personal economy of exchange that we exercise with each purchase.  As a bonus, the directors, Jon Reiner and Brad Rothschild, along with others from the film, will be at the screening for a spirited Q&A.

Congressional Screening of 2015 GPFF film, FINDING JENN’S VOICE, November 17, 3pm Canon House Office Building, Room 122, Washington, DC

Jenns VoiceThe National Network to End Domestic Violence in cooperation with Representative Louise Slaughter (NY) invites you to a Congressional screening of Finding Jenn’s Voice to be followed by a distinguish panel on the subject of intimate partner homicide.  I programmed this film at the 2015 Global Peace Film Festival where the Q&As lasted at least an hour long in the theatre, continuing from there out into the foyer and the throughout the larger community.  For our screenings we worked closely with Harbor House of Orlando to present their work helping the women and children of central Florida, and to educate the general public.  Given the recent news about NFL star player Greg Hardy’s arrest for assaulting his girlfriend, this film is, unfortunately, all too timely and shines an important light on the issue of intimate partner violence that goes under-reported, and remains little-understood by the general public.

If you are interested in attending, please be sure to rsvp to  Please tell your friends living in the DC area about this screening.  Harnessing the power of film to present complex issues in an effort to raise awareness and inspire positive action goes to the very heart of GPFF’s work, and we are proud of Tracy Schott, the film’s director, for tackling such an important topic with respect and compassion, but moreover, for her active partnership with well respected organizations doing the work on the ground to protect the lives of women and children day in and day out.

Working Together to Stop Human Trafficking

SOLD ImageOne of the pleasures of programming the Global Peace Film Festival is developing relationships with caring, creative people determined to make their world a better place. In 2014 GPFF programmed SOLD working closely with the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force (GOHTTF) and  Jane Charles and Jeffrey Brown, who, along with Executive Producer Emma Thompson, are the creative team behind the film.

Our programming goal is to match compelling work with the organizations and activists on the ground making a difference to educate and motivate our audiences.  Connecting SOLD to the GOHTTF profoundly impacted the community, that impact continues ripple across Central Florida. Tomas Lares, who heads up the task force, told us that the film was key to  communicating the level of the trafficking problem in Central Florida, which is a major hub for the trafficking of people into and throughout the US. To underline the urgency of GOHTFF’s mission, between the two screenings in 2014, there was a raid that resulted in a number of trafficked people being freed and the arrest of their traffickers.  GPFF’s relationship with the task force did not stop there. We continued to program work with the GOHTTF’s mission, including a screening of HALF THE SKY during Human Trafficking Awareness Month, in January 2015.

Currently the SOLD team is in the midst of an IndieGoGo campaign to fund the materials and the staff necessary to fully realize their plans to raise awareness regarding the trafficking of children around the world and to direct those audiences to the organizations fighting to free those children. GPFF is proud to support this project as leveraging the power of the arts to effect positive change is a central tenet of our organization. If you saw SOLD at our festival and it touched your heart, please consider supporting their outreach efforts.

Support a Global Peace Film Festival Alum

Danny Gatton2014 GPFF proudly programmed Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard, by Bryan Reichhardt.  That film recovered a unique and surprisingly hopeful aspect of the history of the Second World War and the efforts of one pastor in the Washington D.C. area to sow the seeds of peace by reaching out to people who had been this country’s enemy.

Now, Bryan is working on a new project, one close to his heart as a lover of music and supporter of the local DC music scene. As part of the documentary, Anacostia Delta, he is in the last days of an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to stage and film a historic upcoming event: a concert with over 30 musicians coming together to celebrate Danny Gatton, a musician whose work erased the traditional categories of music to create a genre-bending style that continues to influence musicians today.  Bryan’s work reflects his deep engagement with life and his embrace of humanity in all its expressions.  Check out his campaign and help to put him over the top!

PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL: Screening 15 September at 7:30pm

Pray the Devil

Pray the Devil Back to Hell, directed by Gini Reticker and produced by Abigail Disney, screened at The Global Peace Film Festival in 2008, and we are proud to be partnering with Rollins College Winter Park Institute and the Rollins College Chapter of Amnesty International to bring the film back.  The film, which chronicles the struggle of courageous Liberian women to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country, will be shown 7:30pm on 15 September at Tiedke Concert Hall on the Rollins College campus.  We are especially proud that Leymah Gbowee, a subject of the documentary, will be on hand to speak. See you there!

We have enjoyed long and fruitful relationship with the team behind this moving film, a relationship which continues with our programming of Abigail Disney’s directorial debut, The Armor of Light, as part of the 2015 Global Peace Film Festival kicking off 28 September and ending 4 October 2015. Tickets on sale now.

Support a Global Peace Film Festival Alum

Farah Goes Bang

Farah Goes Bang

Farah Goes Bang, directed by Meera Menon, screened at The Global Peace Film Festival in 2013, and is being self-distributed on iTunes by the filmmakers. Please support the festival’s extended family by buying the film, which will be available for download on April 10.

The road-trip comedy of Farah Goes Bang follows a woman in her twenties, Farah Mahtab, who tries to lose her virginity while campaigning across America for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004. Farah and her friends K.J. and Roopa follow the campaign trail across historic Route 66 on their way to Ohio, the central battleground state of 2004, seizing control of this charged moment in their lives and the life of their country. Roopa aspires to a job in politics, K.J. brawls her way to end the war in Iraq, and Farah struggles to locate not just her desirability, but her desire. Though they’re advised to focus on “purple” states where Kerry stands a chance of winning, they naively campaign in states like Texas. We know how the election turns out — but will Farah meet her personal goal for their American odyssey?