The Man Who Built Peace captures the life and peace-making legacy of a man you may never have heard of – and who changed the world. Following a personal experience of transformation, Frank Buchman set out to pass on that experience to the world and helped shape the course of history. He was a revolutionary thinker and leader whose trust-building, reconciliation and peace efforts greatly influenced the 20th century. His vision and legacy are a powerful answer to the growing mistrust, injustice and extremism facing the world today.
Watch Frank Buchman help to build peace between the enemies of World War II and discover how to apply this in your own life and community in today’s politically fractious climate. The film shares a message of hope and conviction from a man who believed that everyone, and therefore anyone, can change the world – and that it starts from within.
– Around Film Festival (ARFF International) – Winner Best Short Documentary
– MindField Film Festival Los Angeles – Winner – Best Documentary
– European Cinematography awards -Winner – Best Director
– Impact DOCS Awards – Winner – Award of Merit Special Mention
Í tengslum við 4. alþjóðlega Spirit of Humanity Forum Reykjavik 2019 býður SoH Forum á sýningu heimildarmyndarinnar ‘The Man who Built Peace’ með leikstjóra myndarinnar Imad Karam og meðframleiðendanum Kelly Burks sem koma sérstaklega til landsins til að vera með okkur.
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Frank Buchman er maður sem þú væntanlega hefur aldrei heyrt á minnst – en maður sem breytti heiminum. Hann fór einn og óstuddur í þann leiðangur að græða sárin milli þjóða eftir seinni – heimsstyrjöldina og í dag er honum þakkað gríðarstórt hlutverk í því að svo vel tókst til og þannig haft mikil áhrif á sögu 20. aldarinnar. Vopnaður gildum eins og kærleika og umhyggju tókst honum að fá einstaklinga, samfélög og lönd að yfirvinna ósættir og halda áfram sameinuð eftir stríð.
Hvernig má það vera að einn einstaklingur gat haft viðlíka áhrif? Hvaðan kom hann og hvað dreif hann áfram? Hans heimsspeki byggðist á því að allir gætu breytt heiminum og breytingar til góðs þyftu að byrja á okkur sjálfum. Við fáum að kynnast þessum einstaka manni í myndinni og fylgjast með óþrótandi vinnu hans í þágu friðar. Á þeim tímum sem við lifum á í dag eru fyrirmyndir eins og hann mikilvægar til að hvetja okkur áfram til góðra verka og minna okkur á að við getum öll breytt heiminum.
IMAD KARAM brings spiritual depth, leadership and management skills as well as deep understanding of the working culture, history and heritage of IofC. He is a 42-year-old Palestinian living in the UK. Imad grew up in Gaza and won a scholarship to do postgraduate studies in media and communications in London where he also obtained his PhD on the impact of the media on Arab youth identity.
In his 12 years of working with Initiatives of Change in the UK, Imad was a director of the film department where he displayed a flair for creative management and cross cultural development. In 2010 he joined the management team with responsibility for communications and international relations. In 2015 Imad became the Executive Director for Initiatives of Change International.
Imad is also an accomplished film maker. His work includes the award winning documentary Beyond Forgiving, which depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to their country post-Apartheid, as well as the award winning documentary, The Man Who Built Peace – The Frank Buchman Story, about the life and the legacy of Frank Buchman, founder of The Oxford Group and one of the great peace builders of the 20th century.
Imad won the ‘Peace Through Media Award’ at the International Media Awards 2017 in London.
Here is what Imad said at the London Premiere about why he decided to make the film:
‘Because Buchman is too little known today, and I wanted to give him back to the world’. And especially to the Initiatives of Change community, of which he is part. ‘In this country as in others there is a vacuum in moral leadership,’ he said,’ and I don’t think we are up to the challenge. This film can help us find the inspiration we need to reach out as a force for good in the world.’
KELLY BURKS is a London based consultant and film-maker. A poet, designer and craftsman, Burks was born in Bangkok and grew up in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
His varied career includes exploration work in the deserts of the western United States, film production in New York City and running his own furniture design company for 25 years in London.
More recently, he spends his time as a counsellor for young men at Feltham Young Offenders Institute, UK, and as a consultant for the visionary and entrepreneur, Bela Hatvany.
Burks has also been the Head of External Relations for the London charity, Initiatives of Change, where he produces, directs and consults on international documentary films made by them as part of his engagement since 2009 – notably, a film made for the United Nations, the award winning documentary, ‘A Film for Northern Uganda’ about the resilience of the Acholi people of northern Uganda, who suffered under the shadow of war between Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army and government troops from southern Uganda for 20 years. Kelly also recently co-produced the award winning documentary ‘The Man Who Built Peace – The Frank Buchman Story’ about the life and legacy of Frank Buchman, one of the great peace builders of the 20th century.
Kelly Burks is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in London.
Kelly Burks on why he was inspired to commit himself to the making of The Man Who Built Peace:
“Film is a great tool for change and when Imad asked me to organise filming for this project in the USA back in 2012, and in the Far East in 2014, I felt the weight of the challenge but at the same time, thinking of Frank Buchman’s enthusiasm for action I felt a great excitement fire up inside me and also a feeling that can only be described as ‘right’. Frank’s process of listening for direction, finding courage and taking action and his conviction that, through the principle of serving humanity with humility, ordinary people can affect their own destiny and therefore, positively affect the destiny of the world around them, is a model of hope – Frank Buchman’s life and legacy are totally relevant in our distress torn world today.”