Peace On Earth Film Festival
By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 17, 2008 5:02PM
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
Coinciding with the fortieth anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech, a new film festival aims to showcase the best independent films around the world on the themes of peace and non-violence. The Peace On Earth Film Festival, running from August 29 - 31 at the Biograph Theater, has a lineup of forty films. Headlining is the Chicago premiere of the award-winning documentary The Dalai Lama Renaissance. Narrated by Harrison Ford, it chronicles a summit of forty of the West's most innovative thinkers organized by the Lama to discuss the world's problems. Other featured documentaries cover Rwanda (Flowers of Rwanda), Darfur (TENTS: The Patchwork Project) and the recent uptick in violence here in Chicago (Will We Be Next). There will also be plenty of animated films, student films and shorts. Sovereignty, a short film created by Jonathan Sales and Rolin Jones (producer and writer of Weeds), is a biting suburban satire that we're anxious to see.