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 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 donít 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.
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.
“This powerful documentary is filled with stories of courage and humanity and speaks not just to Israel”—Palestine but to bridging the damaging divides which threaten all cultures.”— Ron Howard
“I wish I had done this documentary.”— Ted Koppel
“I want to live in the world you guys [Combatants for Peace] are creating.”— Michael Moore, Traverse City Q&A
“Extraordinary! This Film gave me Hope!”— Chaz Ebert
“Compelling and Persuasive.”— NY Times
“This fresh and intimate documentary...has changed the world I know.”— Ben Cheever
“A film that shines a light on the beautiful revolutionary process of non-violence.”—The Forgiveness Project
“Our audiences were moved and inspired after seeing Disturbing the Peace - a poignant and timely film about how peace can be possible in the Middle East. - SFJFF Programmer
WINNER - Audience Award - TRAVERSE CITY Film Festival
WINNER - Founders Prize - TRAVERSE CITY Film Festival
WINNER - First Ebert Humanitarian Award - EBERTFEST Film Festival