Send In The Clowns is a documentary feature about the work of an organization, Clowns Without Borders. Armed with a unique set of skills and an earnest desire to change the world, they travel to areas of crisis and relieve stress through laughter. The film explores the clowns’ work in Haiti, a country known as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere with the highest number of NGOs per capita in the world. Following the clowns for two years, we witness their unorthodox form of aid both before and after the 2010 earthquake, and examine their legitimacy and impact in a place saturated, yet sustained by international intervention. Send In the Clowns begins as a film about artists with good intentions but slowly reveals Haiti’s crippling and conflicted relationship with an arguably more absurd global aid industry.
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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