popcorn peacemaking

Popcorn Peacemaking
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Popcorn Peacemaking is a program being developed by the peaceCENTER that uses popular, readily available videos to explore the history and principles of peacemaking and nonviolence. It is intended for adult and young adult (high school age) audiences.

Each study guide for the series consists of a brief historical overview, an explanation of why the film was selected, recommended excerpts for showing and several suggested discussion questions. We also have a suggested format for leading discussions about movies online, contributed by Patricia Coffman.

We have made every effort to select videos that are suitable for all audiences. However, one of the contradictions of nonviolence is that it is often practiced in violent situations, so several of the videos have an R Rating. In these cases, the reasons for the rating are explained. In all cases, the teacher or discussion leader should watch the entire film and decide on its suitability for the intended audience.

If time permits, it is ideal to show the entire film to the group. However, given that most videos are at least two hours long and time is needed for reflection and discussion, the peaceCENTER has selected excerpts from the videos. When time is short, these excerpts can be shown in lieu of airing the entire video and the whole film can be shown at a more convenient time, or participants can be encouraged to borrow, rent or buy the video for later viewing with family or friends. The times of the excerpts are approximate. If there is only time to show one excerpt the “best choice” is marked with an eyeglass icon eyeglass

This project will be under constant development, so if you have any suggestions, please forward them to the peaceCENTER.

We have tried to select videos that are readily available, either in the public library, at local video rental stores or for purchase. The peaceCENTER has copies of most of these videos and arrangements can be made for local San Antonio organizations or individuals to borrow them for short periods of time if they are not otherwise in use.

The peaceCENTER maintains an online video store in association with Amazon.com and all of the videos are available for purchase through them. To visit the peaceCENTER store, go to www.salsa.net/peace/amazon and follow the link to video.

The videos:

  • Angel and the Badman
  • Bound for Glory
  • Cry Freedom
  • Dead Man Walking (R)
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Entertaining Angels - The Dorothy Day Story
  • Forrest Gump
  • Gandhi
  • Heat Wave (R)
  • The Hiding Place
  • Judgment at Nuremberg
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Kundun
  • The Long Walk Home
  • Malcolm X
  • Milagro Beanfield War (R)
  • The Mission
  • Mississippi Burning (R)
  • Romero
  • Schindler’s List (R)
  • Testament
  • The War

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