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Voices for Peace: Four Films on Grassroots Activism

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In this compilation, award-winning independent documentary filmmaker Robbie Leppzer chronicles grassroots activists from a cross-section of races, religions, and ages working together to stop war.

4 Parts include:

  • Choose Life
  • Call of the Peace Pagoda
  • Straight Talk
  • Voices for Peace

"A filmmaker unafraid to go against the tide." -- Rhonda Stewart, The Boston Globe "Voices for Peace brings you up close to an extraordinary mosaic of people -- Americans young and old, black and white, Nobel Laureates from Ireland and Argentina, assembled in Washington and New York, in colorful array, speaking from the heart about terrorism, violence, and war. The film makes a wonderful introduction to a classroom discussion, especially because it presents to students points of view they would never otherwise get a chance to hear. For activists, Voices for Peace is an inspirational boost, letting those who oppose war know they are not alone." -- Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"Not overly burdened with the philosophical and doctrinal, Call of the Peace Pagoda excellently captures the contemplation in action that characterizes the Nipponzan Myohoji movement. As the film shows, their practice is not simply another activism, but activism rooted in a spirituality. I am sure that the film will generate exciting classroom discussion on many different aspects of Buddhism, religion and politics, society, and more." -- Jamie Hubbard, professor of Buddhist Studies, Smith College

"Choose Life recalls in an exciting way that historic day in 1982 when an unprecedented gathering of a million people took place in Central Park in New York City to call for a freeze on the production and testing of nuclear weapons. The blending of music and spontaneous interviews is enormously effective in conveying the spirit of that demonstration. I hope that young people in schools all over America will see this film and be inspired by it." -- Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"Straight Talk is a powerful statement about the real nature of war." -- Eugene Carroll, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Deputy Director, Center for Defense Information "[Straight Talk] Painful and critical observations shared by Vietnam War veterans. Those who have survived combat know the real truth about war." -- Lon Grahnke, Chicago Sun-Times