The International Day of Peace aka World Peace Day is celebrated every year on September 21 by the United Nations. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically to encourage the absence of war and violence. On this occasion of International Day of Peace, we bring you some inspiring movies which talk about spreading peace and recognize the efforts of those who worked hard to spread and promote mutual interdependence to put an end to violence.
The aim to celebrate International Day of Peace is to spread the message of peace and harmony so that the unified goal of world peace can be achieved by working together towards the same. The following peace movies are inspirational and encourage us to promote peace.
1. Peace One Day (2004)
British filmmaker Jeremy Gilley chronicles his six-year-long quest to establish a single day of peace and non-violence via the United Nations to officially sanction a global cease-fire day: a day of non-violence and worldwide peace. This peace film stars Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, Judi Dench, and John Mills. Peace One Day is an undulating account of a man’s spirit and determination to make an impossible-yet-strong vision turn into a concrete reality. It is because of Jeremy’s efforts that the UN has fixed September 21 as the International Day of Peace.
2. The Whistleblower (2010)
Nebraska police officer Kathryn Bolkovac accepts a UN peacekeeper position in post-war Bosnia. But due to an unexpected turn of events, she finds out a human trafficking ring that gets her out of her job. Risking her own life to stop the ring and save the innocent victims, she is determined to blow their cover. With masterful acting and a heart-racing plot, this acclaimed film is inspired by actual events of human trafficking that took place in post-war Bosnia.
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3. One Peace At A Time (2009)
The world is no doubt a messed-up place but can we fix this mess? The film One Peace at a Time tells us the story of activist John Pipkin who is on a global journey to explore how individual countries resolve their problems and are aimed to provide basic rights to every child. This International Day of Peace, watch this inspiring film where Pipkin chronicles the model Indian orphanages, family planning initiatives of Thailand’s Mechai Viravaidya, Ethiopian water projects, and much more. It is the sequel to film Nobelity but, unlike its sequel, One Peace at a Time focuses on specific solutions rather than global problems.
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4. Gandhi (1982)
This biopic follows the life of Mahatma Gandhi aka India’s Father of the Nation who was a lawyer by profession but played a very important role in India’s independence. He started a nationwide campaign of non-violence to liberate India from the dreadful trap of the Britishers in a peaceful way. Gandhi followed his philosophy of non-violence and fought for a peaceful existence that made India a free country. Starring Ben Kingsley as Gandhi, this peace-promoting movie is a must-watch for people with an interest in history or civil rights.
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