Frank Buchman was a revolutionary thinker and leader whose trust-building, reconciliation and peace efforts have influenced the 20th century. His vision and legacy are a powerful answer to the growing mistrust, injustice & extremism facing the world today.  Today's world urgently needs positive role models - leaders devoted to the greater good of their communities and the world. Frank Buchman inspired many to address global challenges, yet his work remains largely unknown.

Over six years ago, a team of filmmakers began production of a documentary, which includes unique archival footage and firsthand testimonies of change through their contact with Buchman.

Now we are ready to share the film – The Man Who Built Peace.

This summer we launched the film at an event in London on Thursday 7 June at The Royal Geographical Society, which is now being followed by a tour around UK cities. After celebrated screenings at the Illuminate Film Festival and Caux Forum, and numerous awards, including Best Documentary at The Global Independent Film Awards 2018, we are bringing the film to wider audiences.

Please see events listings for details of regional screenings.

Imad Karam addressing the audience
Imad Karam addressing the audience

The film documents Buchman's unique peace-making approach of transforming society through personal change and reconciliation. It transcends culture, generations and countries, setting the viewer on a path towards a broader understanding.

We believe that global challenges can be overcome if people embrace visions and values which lead to racial reconciliation, economic inclusion, inter-generational & inter-faith understanding. When people change, nations change.

We are very grateful to our supporters and partners: Seeds for Development, The Next Century Foundation, The Mustardseed Trust, The GuerrandHermès Foundation for Peace, Educational Advancement Foundation, Tearfund, Anglo-Nordic Productions Trust and Quantum Sobriety.

We are delighted that Seeds for Development are a partner on the project. They work with rural and remote communities northern Uganda to build resilient and happy communities. Founded by Alison Hall in 2007, Seeds for Development work with on education, farming, food, arts, and empowerment projects, helping local people to gather together and build sustainable futures. As well as tangible outcomes, the individuals they work with ‘learn self-esteem, motivation, leadership, team spirit and looking out for others,’ says Alison. ‘The positive outcomes are visible, both with the individuals and through the wider community.'

Anglo Nordic Productions Trust are the team behind the film One Word of Truth, which focuses on Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Nobel Prize Lecture. With music by Shostakovich, prison-camp sequences, works of art and historic newsreel footage, the film dramatises contemporary issues such as the differing scales of values in the world, the link between violence and lies, the relevance and power of art and literature, and the crucial role of the individual. Their work is rooted in and comes from ‘the heart of’ MRA and Initiatives of Change.

You can also help by contributing to the Global Giving crowdfunding campaign, donating via Paypal by clicking the donate button below, or contacting us at our London office on london.reception@iofc.org or 020 7798 6000.

For more information please contact Kelly Burks, Project Coordinator kelly.burks@iofc.org.

Report of launch

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