Full Length Films
Teaching Peace in a Time of War – documentary film
A decade of civil war cost the lives of more than 250,000 people in the former Yugoslavia. The children of this region have been irrevocably afflicted by the violence. Can Hetty van Gurp help teach the language of peace to a generation of kids who have only known war? Teaching Peace in a Time of War introduces us to the students and teachers of Vasa Pelagic School in Belgrade, Serbia. The students include Nenad, whose father is institutionalized for killing his mother, Emil who is terrorised for being Muslim, and Alexandra whose father admits that he “enjoyed” the war, relates that peace “means nothing to me, because I don’t have any peace.”
Hope for the Future
Armed with video cameras, thirty-two students from across Canada travel to the Balkans seeking that elusive goal, “To make the world a better place.” Hope for the Future is a feature length documentary that records the life-changing journey of these young people and their teachers to Belgrade, Serbia. Inspired by the work of Hetty van Gurp, founder of Peaceful Schools International, these “Students for Teaching Peace” embark on a mission to spend their holiday doing something special.
Produced by Sea to Sea Productions
The Troubles Within
This documentary film chronicles the experiences of a group of youth from Nova Scotia, Canada on a trip to Northern Ireland in 2006. Having been inspired to learn more about the roots of conflict by their experience in Serbia the previous year, they visited schools, facilitated workshops with youth and talked with people on both sides of the conflict.
Produced by Sea to Sea Productions
Listen to the Children: A Journey of Sharing
Listen to the Children is a reminder to act on the goodness of our hearts. In January 2008, 10 year-old Logan MacGillvray saw pictures of the hardships children face in Northern Provence, Sierra Leone – schools with no chairs, no desks, no recreational equipment, few books, and roofing that could not keep the rain away. He felt he should do something. With guidance from the Centre for Development and Peace Education (cdpeace) he spearheaded sending a 40 foot shipping container filled with educational, building and recreational materials to refurbish seven schools and build a community resource centre for students and teachers at the cdpeace headquarters at Mayagba, Sierra Leone. Logan applied, on a global level, the caring principles he knew from the playground: include everyone and share toys and equipment.
A documentary by Logan MacGillivray, theme song written and performed by Terry Kelly
Below are a sample of short video clips from PSI’s work around the world. To watch more clips, check out PSI’s You Tube channel.
In this video some of the girls trained as “Peacemakers” in St. Bernadette’s Primary School in Belfast, share a few role plays.
Students at Champlain Elementary School in Granville Ferry, NS decorate stones with message of peace and “plant” them in a spiral in front of their school.
The Allion Choir performs a special song for PSI written by Judy Grant, PSI Regional Coordinator at the flag raising ceremony for the Lester B. Pearson School Board, May 14, 2009.
Pupils at St. Aidan’s Christian Brothers’ Primary School in Belfast demonstrate through a role-play how they diffuse conflict among their peers.
A video about three schools in the Gbonkolenken Chiefdom, Sierra Leone (Mathombo and Makonkorie), site of PSI Peace Education projects in Sierra Leone.