Wednesday, July 18, 2007

PRESS RELEASE—For immediate release July 16, 2007

Livonia—A unique mini-film festival of peace and nonviolence themes is guaranteed to rejuvenate the social consciousness of all those who attend. Featuring more than a dozen full length and short films, the non denominational showings will provide the viewer with the insights of outspoken advocates of civil rights, best selling authors, religious and spiritual leaders, contemporary thinkers, and enlightened teachers.

The films will be screened in three viewing rooms Saturday, September 15, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Madonna University, Levan and I-96 in Livonia. The festival activities will be sponsored and hosted by the members of the Citizens for Peace.

Some of those being featured are Marianne Williamson, Howard Zinn, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Rev. Michael Beckwith, authors Gary Renard and Mathew Kelly, the Surfing Rabbi, Nachum Shiffren and many more members of the cultural evolution towards peace and non violence. Also to be shown will be the stories of two ordinary men thrown into extraordinary circumstances of forgiveness by the loss of a child; one whose daughter was a victim of the 9/11 tragedy and the other, whose son was murdered, became best friends with the murderer’s guardian, and together they launched a nationwide crusade.

Some of these films have not appeared on television or in theaters. The lineup:

Theater I

Living Luminaries (12:30 & 3:30) A young man’s quest for happiness leads him

to seek out some of the most inspirational

thought provoking minds of our day. A

Michigan premier!

The Secret (2:00) How to achieve success, by those who did it.

Humanity Ascending (5:00) Discusses how to transform ourselves to

achieve our vast potential.

Theater II

The Peace dvd (12:30) A call to join others worldwide in the struggle

for peace and justice.

Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2:45) One of the

pillars of the civil rights movement, this extra

ordinary man has been a catalyst for pro-

gressive change for more than 60 years.

Peace One Day (4:00) Shows the power of one man who, in a

remarkable 5-year journey, persuaded

the United Nations to create a global day

of peace, a day of non-violence.

Theater III

Critical Mass (12:30) Follows a young woman’s developing

awareness of the need for a Department

of Peace.

Highlights from the Department of Peace Conferences from Washington, D. C.

(all day)

Forgiveness is the theme of Azim Khamisa’s heart wrenching


Remembering 9/11 – John Titus of Schoolcraft College shares his

thoughts on rising above personal tragedy to create peace.

Marianne Williamson presents a powerful argument for the

creation of a Department of Peace.

Rev. Michael Beckwith, featured in “Living Luminaries,” and

“The Secret,” presents his views on the Spirit of Peace.

Patch Adams, a practicing medical doctor, uses humor to show

how to give unconditional love.

Admission to all three viewing sites, all day, is $15 per person. A one site viewing pass, good for all day, is $10.00. The proceeds are to benefit the Peace Alliance in its efforts to create a cabinet level department of peace.


Department of Peace Fundraiser Film Festival

Saturday, September 15, 2007 12:30pm - 5:30 pm

Madonna University 36600 Schoolcraft Rd. Livonia, MI (Levan & I-96) Map

Theater I -

"Living Luminaries" (12:30pm & 3:30pm)

"The Secret" (2:00pm)

"Humanity Ascending" (5:00pm)

Theater II

The Peace dvd (12:30pm)

"Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" (2:45pm)

"Peace One Day" (4:00pm)

Theater III

"Critical Mass" (12:30pm)

"Highlights from the Department of Peace Conferences" (all day)

Sponsored by the Citizens for Peace & Madonna University

Proceeds to benefit The Peace Alliance

All Day Pass to All 3 Theaters: $15.00

One Theater Pass: $10.00 (For information: 734-425-0079)