Disturbing the peace
Dirs. Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young
Documentary | U.S.A. | 2016 | 83 min.
Discussion to follow with director Stephen Apkon and producer Marcina Hale, moderated by Rabbi Brian Walt
SUNDAY, March 19, 2017- Chilmark Community Center
In a place where hope of coexistence has been abandoned, communities born into discord begin to challenge that fate. Former enemies—Israeli soldiers from elite units, and Palestinian fighters—throw social norms aside in the name of a shared goal: peace. Each group agrees to meet the other, at first fearing for their lives. Over time, they realize they have more similarities than differences, and that waging war is no longer the answer. They form a movement, Combatants for Peace, to shine a light on nonviolent solutions and shift the conversation from the inevitability of conflict to the possibility of establishing lasting peace for all.
Stephen Apkon, director and producer of Disturbing the Peace, is a filmmaker and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and former executive director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, a nonprofit film and education center located in Pleasantville, New York. Opened in 2001, the JBFC has become one of the premier film institutions in the United States, with a board of directors that includes Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Jonathan Demme, among others. Disturbing the Peace is his directorial debut.
Rabbi Brian Walt is the co-coordinator of Jewish Fast for Gaza. Rabbi Walt is also the founding executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights - North America, and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Mishkan Shalom, a synagogue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is dedicated to the integration of spiritual life and social justice. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he was active in the struggle against Apartheid. He is a member of the board of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.