Friday, June 9, 2017

Imad Karam (left) responds to questions from the audience

The documentary film, The Man Who Built Peace - The Frank Buchman Story had its worldwide premiere on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona, to positive reviews and a sold out house. On hand were director Imad Karam, co-producer Kelly Burks, and Jay Stinnett who is among those interviewed in the film.

The film tells of the life and peacemaking legacy of Frank Buchman, the founder of Initiatives of Change. The screening was followed by a lively discussion, with many of the audience giving their personal emails and requesting more digital information about the work of Initiatives of Change and how honest conversations might be initiated in their communities. One member of the audience commented: "I so enjoyed the film - a tour de force - and I learned so much. The film and the people at the screening - made it clearer than ever - that we must continue to listen to each other, breathe, and balance. It is a good thing to have in this turbulent time." (Photo: Imad Karam responds to questions from the audience)

The film was one of nine world premieres that included works on the lives of spiritual teachers such as the Dalai Llama and Thich Nat Hahn.

Audience at the screening of The Man Who Built PeaceILLUMINATE is the world's premier film festival for conscious cinema. Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and pushing humanity forward, ILLUMINATE is a landmark destination event and centerpiece for conscious content. This year the festival featured 26 films, 11 world and US premieres, 16 panels and immersive workshops, four live music concerts, 75 filmmakers and industry guests and a virtual reality showcase, and attracted audiences from 11 countries and 28 US states.

The Man Who Built Peace was a significant contribution to the festival and widely praised by a host of filmmakers for its artistic merit and content.