What could it possibly be like to be a 13 or 14 year-old Somali Bantu immigrant to the US? One day you’re in a refugee camp under the blazing Kenyan sun, and the next you’re in a strange, cold city - the only familiar faces those of a mother or father and brothers and sisters. An exile from war and hunger, you find yourself plunged into a country you don’t understand. You’re isolated by culture and language, unsure of yourself and your future.
Moses on the Mesa
Solomon Bibo, a Jewish immigrant, left Germany in 1869 and became the leader of a Native American tribe during the days of the Wild West. Through incredible twists of fate, he became governor of the indigenous tribe of Acoma whose ancient pueblo (named “Sky City”) sits atop a beautiful cliff in the middle of a New Mexico desert. Solomon’s amazing story spans the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War, the building of the Santa Fe railroad, the American Indian Wars, the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the Great Depression and World War 2. Solomon’s descendants now live throughout the world.
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.
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