A CHANCE FOR PEACE
NOW STREAMING FREE FOR ALL
A story spanning over 25 years, director Tyler Batson explores the meaning of peace during divisive political times, providing a glimpse into a world that asks us to come together and define peace through the practice of peace itself.
Ten years in-the-making, A Chance for Peace follows the stories of 3 unsung heroes in Kenya who take peace-building into their own hands following post-election violence that displaced over 600,000 people. Meet Solo 7, a vagabond street artist turned peace messenger; Sister Freda, a rural clinic nurse who gave up everything to provide free healthcare to those in need; and Emmanuel Leina, a Maasai pioneer in education transforming the future of his community literally from the ground up.
Paying It Forward
What originally started off as “an idea for a video” to give voice to the media’s misrepresentation of Kenyans during complex political times, A Chance for Peace has grown into a mission to stand up, not just for people, but for peace itself. Through 10 years of immersive experiences and research surrounding the practice of peace, Tyler has traveled over 50,000 miles from the US to Kenya, Egypt, Thailand, India, Germany, and Turkey to tell this story. After receiving little response from the film industry, it became clear: this is a story for the people. And as crises erupt throughout the planet, A Chance for Peace serves as an offering for a better world. So please, enjoy and pay it forward.
A Chance for Peace was born out of a defiant belief that, not only is peace possible, it’s necessary. Peace should never be a spirit of dissent. And now more than ever, peace needs to be made public.
Tyler Batson Director, A Chance for Peace
Director: Tyler Batson
Editor: Yassin Koptan
Running Time: 1 hr, 2 min
Cinematographer: Frank Kraljic
Locations: Kenya and Egypt
Post Production Fig Leaf Studios, Egypt
Ten years after Tyler was serendipitously thrust onto the campaign trail in Maasailand, history threatens to repeat itself as a new Kenyan presidential election nears. It becomes clear that “A Chance for Peace” must return to the people who helped created it. In partnership with Hope for Kibera, Tyler host’s public screenings of the film. At the end, viewers are asked if they will commit to peace during the upcoming election, just days away – every single one of them saw 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. The same divisive political rhetoric that displaced 600,000 people and contributed to the death of over 2,000 people in 2007 is shut down and zero deaths are reported in Kibera. Zero.
Public screenings continue in partnership with Hope for Kibera, with plans to introduce peace events to local school in Kibera, Africa’s largest slum, in hopes of creating a chance for peace, not just for Kibera, but for the entire nation.
We believe that for peace to succeed, peace needs to be made public. From the very start, our intentions with A Chance for Peace were simple: give voice to the voiceless. Then, a revelation. Peace-makers aren’t voiceless; we just aren’t listening. So instead of putting the film in the coffers of a film archive or the confines of the film festival circuit, we started screening the film in public squares in some of the most vulnerable parts of Kenya. Then we showed the film to students in high-risk neighborhoods in the L.A. looking for hope, and now it’s yours. Free. As it should be.
A remarkable story, beautifully captured. A Chance for Peace delves into the most important question facing mankind – what does peace look like? Filmmaker Tyler Batson weaves a narrative that is raw, honest, and emotionally charged. A must watch!
Rising out of a country unfairly stereotyped as violent and riddled with despair, A Chance for Peace is a refreshing beacon of hope. Our fellow human beings in this film can truly teach us so much, especially now.
For people dealing with trauma from a disruptive environment, the concept of peace can be hard to grasp. But ‘A Chance for Peace’ elevates the pursuit of peace to greater heights, where it belongs. The beautiful lesson of the film is that, though we suffer, our deepest desire as humans is not to hate but to heal. The social good that’s emerged as a result of the film demonstrates that, though it may be hard to grasp, our spirits persist once we rise up and choose peace.