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About the Festival

The Global Peace Film Festival, established in 2003, uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth. From the outset, the GPFF envisioned “peace” not as the absence of conflict but as a framework for channeling, processing and resolving conflict through respectful and non-violent means.

People of good faith have real differences that deserve to be discussed, debated and contested.

GPFF works to connect expression – artistic, political, social and personal – to positive, respectful vehicles for action and change. The festival program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change.

A Still Life In Motion

This year’s festival reflects “Life In Motion” and features a portrait of Sarah Kamsin, a daughter and granddaughter of Sudanese immigrants.  Taken by American Portrait Artist and Photographer Shelly Mosman, the photograph captures the humanity of its subject. Sarah and her immediate family immigrated to the United States from South Sudan in 1995. Her grandmother, Renetha Foni Kenyi, followed in 1997.
 
Sudan has historically been riddled with tribal conflict, military occupation and general displacement, causing many to flee in search of stability and a path to prosperity. After arriving in the United States, the Kamsin - Kenyi family settled in North East Minneapolis where they were assisted by refugee relief organizations and community benefactors.   
 
In this portrait, Sarah is pictured as both being anchored in place by her history while leaning forward toward the future and a new destination. Among the tensions of past and present and the friction of the dynamic and the static lie the intricacies that make every life lived, a life in motion.   


A GREAT NON-PROFIT

The Global Peace Film Festival has once again been selected as a Top-Rated Non-Profit by GreatNonprofits.org.

We’ve Been Reviewed by the Community Foundation of Central Florida

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