“When we realize our stories will ultimately cause our demise, and the only way out is to challenge them – who will be willing to disturb the peace? Where will you stand?”Steve Apkon, Director and Producer "Disturbing the Peace"
In a world torn by conflict—in a place where the idea of peace has been abandoned—an energy of determined optimism emerges. when someone is willing to disturb the status quo and stand for the dream of a free and secure world, who will stand with them?
Disturbing the peace is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities.
Disturbing the peace follows former enemy combatants – israeli soldiers from elite units and palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” the film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of combatants for peace.
While based in the middle east, disturbing the peace evokes universal themes relevant to us all and inspires us to become active participants in the creation of our world.
We are all stuck in our own stories. These stories are often passed down for generations and are based on our particular cultural perspectives, national and familial narratives and mythologies. They are understood to be the “truth” of the way things are. Disturbing the Peace inspires us to take responsibility for our participation in perpetuating societal structures that no longer work and invites us to reconsider our narratives as we ask: “What kind of world do we want to live in? What kind of life do we want to create?
DISTURBING THE PEACE is about people born into conflict, sworn to be enemies, who challenged their fate. The film follows everyday people who took extraordinary actions by standing for what they believe in, just like those who came before them – Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and many others whose names we don’t know. The movie challenges all of us – to understand the narratives we live within, to look at our current roles in our societies, and to decide what role we are going to play in creating a more humane world, for all. And it starts with our willingness to disturb the peace.
At a time in our world when societies are becoming more polarized and painfully few people are speaking of nonviolent solutions to our conflicts, popular movements like Combatants for Peace have the potential to capture the public’s imagination and shift the conversation from the inevitability of conflict, to the possibility and process of establishing lasting peace. DISTURBING THE PEACE evokes universal themes relevant to us all and inspires us to become active participants in the creation of our world.
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