I knew bringing this pivotal year to life on the web was going to be a challenge, but as I’ve learned, the trick to overcoming any challenge is to find the beauty. Luckily I stumbled upon graphic designer and illustrator Phathu Nembilwi’s Instagram page. One DM later and our creative collaboration began – from 10,300 miles away.
“There were people who attended the last events who returned once more. Still others showed up and asked if they could volunteer to help with the event. But the biggest shock was to find out that criminals showed up to the event and watch “A Chance for Peace.”
Special thanks to our latest donor Melissa Rivera Sosa for her contribution to A Chance for Peace. She’s a dear friend of director Tyler Batson and exemplifies a spirit of unwavering determination and faith – a spirit that is a privilege to see grow more and more each day.
It was imperative to me that A Chance for Peace be screened in an open public space, for free. This way anyone walking by had the opportunity to see their own history presented to them as a mirror, but not the story on the news of violence and terror. Here, they got to see the tragedies of the past and the grassroots peace efforts they never heard of. The hope was that they’d begin building bridges to peace now, before history repeats.
One of the many lessons I’ve learned over the past 9 years of working on A Chance for Peace came immediately to mind on that first day: just listen. So I asked, “What is your definition of peace?” My favorite response: “Peace is gift you give to someone else.” Brilliant.