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Peacebuilding and the Arts: a Gathering at Brandeis University

Tomorrow, April 12th I visit  Brandeis University in Waltham, MA for an all-day meeting on Peacebuilding and the Arts.  The gathering is sponsored by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.

Morning sessions (not open to the public) will be a Peacebuilding and the Arts Think Tank on educating future leaders.

From 2:30 – 3:30 pm I’ll participate in the roundtable for leaders in higher ed in the Mandel Center for Humanities, Reading Room 203.

At 4:00 pm – a screening of and public conversation about the center’s new documentary film Acting Together on the World Stage (see the trailer above) at the Shapiro Campus Center Theater.

Looking forward to this!  Will post more as the event unfolds…

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Pathways to Whole – a Successful Premiere

Thanks to all who attended last Saturday’s  EMU Digital Media premiere of Documentary and Animation student projects – Pathways to Whole and Pieces of the Whole.  A responsive crowd and students nailed it.  Wow.  What a powerful semester!   Co-instructor Steve Johnson provided the great pics.

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Pathways to Whole; Stories from the Journey

The very good work of my 2010 Documentary and Animation classes at EMU.

Where:  Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, VA

When:  Saturday, April 24th, 7:30pm

Come to Court Square Theatre this Saturday night to watch the premiere of the 2010 Documentary Production Class film entitled, “Pathways to Whole – Stories from the Journey” as well as a slide show of photos from the photographers in the class.

Admission is free. Donations accepted.

This documentary focuses on the lives of 4 main characters and how each one has found a way to address the smaller and larger issues within the systems they live in through biking, gardening, art and peace building, among other things.

Tom Benevento is from Harrisonburg, Virginia and an active member of Our Community Place (OCP) and New Community Project. He loves to garden and bike and is involved in a bike movement project that is starting up. Recently Tom traveled to Davis, California with others from Harrisonburg, including Mayor Kai Degner, to learn about how they’ve made biking a sustainable system in their town. Tom and the others hope to make Harrisonburg more bike-friendly and incorporate a similar system here.

Skip Bracelin, member of Our Community Farm in Harrisonburg, Va, has done and seen a lot of things in his lifetime. Skip spent over half a year traveling the Appalachian Trail with his wife and two dogs. He currently lives and works on Our Community Farm and is an active participant in the daily activities there. He is a talented gardener and loves taking care of plants and animals, as they are all connected to us and each other in some way.

Cyndi Gusler is chair of the Visual and Communication Arts department at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Cyndi has been studying and creating art since her undergraduate studies at EMU. She considers using found materials her main art form. Cyndi recently went on a trip to Guatemala to learn about and study permaculture and how it relates to art. She currently works and lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with her husband Chad and two kids Aaron and Lily.

Titus Peachey currently works for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as the director of Peace Education. An EMU alum, Titus has spent time living and serving overseas in Laos with MCC after serving in Vietnam as a conscientious objector during the war there. In Laos he became interested in working at removing cluster bombs that were left in the ground from the silent air war over 40 years ago. He currently lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but continues to work at peace building and speaking out against the dangers and harm of cluster bombs in Laos and other countries. He is also a member of the board for the group Legacies of War, based in D.C. and works closely with the director, Channapha Khamvongsa.

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Wit Will and Walls Screening – EMU Tonight at 7PM

Room 106 of the Science Building at Eastern Mennonite University.

Wit, Will and Walls, is a 2007 short documentary I directed, produced and wrote through a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities that profiles Betty Kilby.  At 13-years-old, Betty became plaintiff in the 1958 case to desegregate Warren County Schools. Through the trauma she and her family suffered, Betty found a way to heal herself and help others open up around issues of race.

For more information about scheduling the full 20 minute film for a screening and discussion contact paulette@paulettefilms.com.

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A Day In Life at Kakuma Refugee Camp – Part 1 of 3: Escape to Kenya

International Women’s Day was Monday, March 8, but for me, the celebration of women goes on and on.  Today my friend Kate Ofwono premieres her film “A Day In Life at Kakuma Refugee Camp” to UNHCR staff in Geneva.  Four years ago after her father was assassinated and her mother disappeared, Kate fled from her home in Uganda to Kakuma Camp in Kenya.  Since then Kate learned filmmaking with FilmAid International’s participatory video program.  22-year-old Kate is a talented director/producer/screenwriter/actor and now an instructor in FilmAid’s program.  She is also a formidable singer and songwriter – you’ll find her latest work “With My Girls” featured in my video The Indian Thing.

Below is Part 1 of Kate’s film.   In this segment Kate talks about her dangerous escape from Uganda to Kenya and the grim realities of life in the camp.  Parts 2 and 3 follow over the next few days.  Congratulations Kate for setting an example to all of us of how to find and bellow our voices no matter where we are.

Click here for a UNHCR Q. and A. with Kate.

Part 1: Escape to Kenya

Click here for Parts 2 and 3 of Kate’s story.

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