video artists talk peace
& Peace 08 was premiered at SVA on 20 September to
a packed room. The eight short films screened offered a range of
insights from different cultural perspectives. The screening was
followed by a discussion that asked the question, “Can art
promote a culture of peace?”.
The dialogue was chaired by Stroud’s mayor and veteran peace
campaigner John Majoram. Invited speakers include participating
artists Gary Thomas and Mahmoud Reza Sani, who were joined by theatre
producer Bill Brookman. Mahmoud, one of a number on international
artists who had contributed to the project, had travelled from Tehran
to attend the event. He spoke about working under censorship in
Iran, and the importance of the alternative artist’s voice.
Bill Brookman, who had worked for the UN, provided a positive example
of hi experience of working to disarm violent youth gangs in Haiti
– using music, concerts and circus performances.
An edited recording of the discussion will be posted at www.war-and-peace.info