Review DVD: Peace One Day (2003)

4 Star, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class, Reviews (DVD Only)
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Idealistic, Successful, and Serious,

August 16, 2006
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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.

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