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.
Join us in the newly renovated and historic Atlantic Coastline train depot baggage room at the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce. The perfect backdrop for the Global Peace Film Festival Mount Dora.
A Bold Peace – Friday September 8th, 7pm
Directors: Matthew Eddy/Michael Dreiling
Costa Rica/US, 2016, 101 mins
Costa Rica’s civil war in 1948 shook the country to its foundations, culminating in the decision to abolish the military. As Costa Ricans dismantled their military establishment, they intentionally cultivated security relationships with other nations through treaties, international laws, and international organizations. Free of the burden of military spending, they created a vital democracy, a wide middle class, and a strong welfare state with free university education and universal health care. Over the last 68 years, the Costa Rican model has survived several serious crises, but the current threats may be the most formidable of all.
Speed Sisters – Saturday September 9th, 2pm
Director: Amber Fares
Palestine/US, 2016, 78 mins
The Speed Sisters are the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.
The Anthropologist – Saturday September 9th, 5pm
Directors: Daniel A. Miller/Seth Kramer/Jeremy Newberger
Kiribati/Peru/Russian Federation/US, 2015, 80 mins
At the core of THE ANTHROPOLOGIST are the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology around the world; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters’ perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers, and rising tides.
The Diplomat – Sunday September 10th, 2pm
Director: David Holbrooke
USA, 2015, 104mins.
The Diplomat tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his eldest son David, the documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended. The film will be released in 2015, the 20th anniversary of Holbrooke’s crowning achievement: the Dayton Peace Accords which ended the war in Bosnia.