A CHANCE FOR PEACE
THE FILM THAT CREATED PEACE
. . . IN THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACE
A fierce determination
A Chance for Peace is a documentary film that shows what can happen when we refuse to give in to hate and choose peace instead. Following Kenya’s post-election violence of 2007, three unsung heroes emerged. One, a vagabond street artist turned peace messenger; the second, a rural clinic nurse turned medical marvel; and the third, a Maasai pioneer in education transforming the future of his community literally from the ground up. This film shows it’s not enough to accept peace as the absence of violence. Together, we can do better. And together, we did… (Continued below).
More than a movie
How ‘A Chance for Peace’ inspired the Taliban
to keep peace…
A Chance for Peace began after I was given the chance to campaign with a Member of Parliament candidate in Maasailand, Kenya. The post-election violence that followed that election in 2007 would prove to be catastrophic. Six hundred thousand Kenyans were displaced and over 2,000 died in the scourge of politically motivated, tribally rooted violence.
Ten years later, just a few months after A Chance for Peace is completed, history threatened to repeat itself as a new Kenyan presidential election drew near. That’s when I knew – it was time for A Chance for Peace to return to the people who helped create it.
In partnership with Hope for Kibera, the Peace Made Public peace initiative was born. A Chance for Peace became a teaching tool to a diverse and divided section of Kibera’s population. At the start the film, viewers were asked if they’d maintain peace in the upcoming election. “If the election is free and fair, then yes,” they unanimously replied. But after watching the film, seeing their neighbors and fellow Kenyans upholding ideal of peace, compassion, and non-violence, they are asked again if they will commit to peace during the upcoming election. The answer was unanimous again, but this time every single one of them said YES to peace.
Then, just 4 days before the election as tensions are at a national peak, a private screening is held for the gang leaders of Kibera, including members of the Taliban. They too commit to peace. And when election day came around, the same divisive political rhetoric that displaced 600,000 people and contributed to the deaths of over 2,000 in 2007 is remarkably reduced to zero. Zero displacements. Zero deaths. And the Peace Made Public events are credited with this victory in peace-keeping.
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Impacting Local Youth
At our last “Peace Made Public” event, featuring a screening of A Chance for Peace, we promoted peace to almost 400 people in Kibera. The majority of our attendees are youth, furthering our goal of creating a generation of engaged optimists in Kibera. Our mission: prevent any future post-election violence from ever reoccurring. We did it once, and we’re determined to do it again!
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Making Peace Public –
no matter what!
The peace initiative started off small, for sure. I could only afford $80 at the time, so that meant we’d have to improvise a screen. Our team in Kibera made it work, producing our first event by projecting A Chance for Peace onto a bed sheet. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
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Gang Members and Taliban Embrace Peace!
Our last “Peace Made Public” event before the election had to be the most impactful – and it was! We invited gang leaders in for a private screening of A Chance for Peace, and to our shock they actually came! Rival gang leaders sat together to air their grievances and commit to peace – including members of the Taliban. The our amazement, at the end of the event, they all got up, joined hands in solidarity, and starting singing the Kenyan national anthem. There were so many of them that they poured out of the event space, allowing their neighbors to see them publicly embracing peace. Absolutely remarkable!
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