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2020 Global Peace Film Festival

How are you ... really?

All too often we ask, “How are you?” rhetorically and answer the same way. But in these confusing times, it’s important to ask and mean it -- to listen and let others be heard.

Consider asking a neighbor or a frontline worker, “how are you?” and just listen.

We hope you are safe and healthy during this period of staying home. Feel free to let us know what you've been doing and how you've been doing. Just email with your thoughts and the subject line, “How are you?”

Stay Safe

Please continue to stay safe. Remember to stay physically distanced and wear a face covering when you have to leave your home. And don't forget to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, especially upon returning home.

We are all in this together.

May Programs

While we cannot be shoulder-to-shoulder in theaters, we are still serving our community with programming, such as the inauguration of a new conversation series, GPFF Lives Online (GLO), the announcement of next IndieLens Pop-up event and much more.

GPFF Lives Online Debuts in May

We are delighted to begin a series of conversations with filmmakers, community partners and other special guests led by GPFF Executive Director Nina Streich and GPFF Artistic Director Kelly DeVine. These discussions will be streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live, and they'll be available for on-demand viewing on the GPFF website.

Register to join any or all of these events live by emailing with the subject line “Zoom” or “Facebook Live” and you will be sent the link before the event. Be sure to include which event(s) you'd like to see.

GPFF Lives Online:

Conversation with Savanna Washington, director of Playing Frisbee in North Korea (GPFF 2018)

Thursday, May 14 @ 7 p.m. EDT

In 2018, we were all fixated on the Hermit Kingdom due to the burgeoning relationship between the US and North Korea, and now with reports of Kim Jung Un’s health in danger, the mystery of North Korea only deepens. Savanna and Nina will revisit Playing Frisbee in North Korea(GPFF 2018) and delve into Savanna’s journey to North Korea when she was on a Colin Powell fellowship. The result of her travels was the first documentary produced and directed by an African-American woman from inside North Korea. The film offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of ordinary people in North Korea and commentary from experts on the secretive country.

To get a private link to see the film that is available to view between May 12 and May 16, email Send your questions to, subject line: Playing Frisbee.

GPFF Lives Online:

Conversation with Kelly Sheehan, producer of Mariachi High (GPFF 2012)

Thursday, May 21 @ 6 p.m. EDT

Kelly Sheehan, executive producer at award-winning production company Rainlake Films, joins us to discuss her past films at the festival and what she’s working on now. GPFF has programmed two Rainlake films in previous festivals: Crossing Arizona (GPFF 2006) about the issues of border security in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert bordering Mexico, and Mariachi High, an uplifting film that follows students competing in a Mariachi championship at Zapata High School in South Texas.

Before tuning into the Zoom and Facebook Live event, watch Mariachi High on Amazon Prime, through the Kanopy service through your library or on the filmmaker’s website. Send us your questions by email to with the subject line: Mariachi High.

GPFF Lives Online:

Conversation with Jon Osaki, director of Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 (GPFF 2019)

Thursday, May 28 @ 7 p.m. EDT

Integrity and honesty are the building blocks of the relationship between citizens and their leaders. When those foundational blocks are weakened or destroyed, more than the reputations of individual officials are at stake. Jon Osaki, director of ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 (GPFF 2019), joins Kelly to discuss his documentary about the false information and racism that led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. They will be joined by one of the attorneys who worked on the case at the center of the film.

Watch the film here. Please send your questions to with the subject line: Alternative Facts.



Special Virtual Event

Indie Lens Pop-Up Virtual Screening & Talkback: Eating Up Easter

Tuesday, May 26 @ 8 p.m. EDT

Shining a Spotlight on Local Solutions to Global Challenges

Threatened by climate change and globalization, Easter Island provides a wake-up call for the rest of the world. Directed by filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Eating Up Easter explores the challenges Easter Island faces, and the intergenerational fight to preserve their culture and environment.

What might we learn from Rapa Nui, as we confront this uniquely global problem? How can we collectively support one another, our communities, and our earth?

Join us for a special Indie Lens Pop-Up interactive live chat and online screening of Eating Up Easter, featuring a live stream Q&A and community-led breakout discussions on topics such as responsible tourism and our National Parks, environmental sustainability in New Jersey, and more.

Q&A with special guests:

  • Sergio Mata’u Rapu, Director and Producer, Eating Up Easter
  • Elena Rapu, Producer and Writer, Eating Up Easter
  • Rachel Pittman, Executive Director, United Nations Association of the United States of America

RSVP to watch Eating Up Easter from the comfort and safety of your home.


Online screening: 'Don't Drain the Swamp'

Don't Drain the Swamp! from Vicki Nantz on Vimeo.
Director: Vicki Nantz; Running time: 23 minutes
'Don't Drain The Swamp' screened at the 2017 Global Peace Film Festival.

The swamp is one of the most valuable ecosystems on earth and is vital to the health of the planet. So why would anyone - even metaphorically - want to "drain the swamp?"

Submissions are open 

Global Peace Film Festival will begin accepting submissions, via FilmFreeway, for the 2020 festival starting Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. More info.

Keep up-to-date on festival news


Our Story

The Global Peace Film Festival, established in 2003, uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth.

From the outset, the GPFF envisioned “peace” not as the absence of conflict but as a framework for channeling, processing and resolving conflict through respectful and non-violent means. People of good faith have real differences that deserve to be discussed, debated and contested. GPFF works to connect expression – artistic, political, social and personal – to positive, respectful vehicles for action and change.

The festival program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change.