ScreenPeace Film Festival addresses global issues

ScreenPeace Film Festival 2015

The University of Notre Dame’s annual ScreenPeace Film Festival, which takes place Thursday-Saturday (Feb. 4-6), includes six films on topics ranging from an inside look at North Korea, to the 1965 Indonesian genocide, to the indigenous people of Chile.

Six critically acclaimed films addressing global issues will be co-presented by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Each film will include an introduction and post-film discussion led by Notre Dame faculty members or film producers.

Films in the series include:

  • The Salt of the Earth,” 7 p.m. Feb. 4. Continent-hopping photographer Sebastião Salgado’s life and work are revealed his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, himself a photographer. Co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Introduction and discussion led by filmmaker Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.
  • The Look of Silence,” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5. Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. Introduction and discussion led by Ernesto Verdeja, associate professor of political science and peace studies and director of undergraduate studies at the Kroc Institute.
  • Songs from the North,” 9:30 p.m. Feb. 5. This essay film weaves footage from three visits to North Korea together with songs, popular cinema and archival footage to try to understand the psychology and popular imagery of North Korea. Introduction and discussion led by Yeonhee Yoon, associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures.
  • The Pearl Button,” 3 p.m. Feb. 6. This film explores the history of Chile, from its landscapes to its political prisoners and the Patagonian indigenous people.
  • Mediterranea,” 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6. A member of an illegal smuggling operation settles in Italy while working to get his sister and daughter out of Burkina Faso. As tensions rise in his community, he attempts to weather the storm, but it comes at a cost. Introduction and discussion led by Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor of anthropology.
  • The Wanted 18,” 9:30 p.m. Feb. 6. This animated documentary is about the efforts of Palestinians in Beit Sahour to start a small local dairy industry during the First Intifada, hiding a herd of 18 dairy cows from Israeli security forces when the dairy collective was deemed a threat to Israel’s national security. Introduction and discussion led by Atalia Omer, associate professor of religion, conflict and peace studies at the Kroc Institute.

Films are free, but ticketed. Call the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at 574-631-2800 to reserve tickets, order them online at or pick them up at the box office.

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, an integral part of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, conducts research on strategies for sustainable peace and supports undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. students in peace studies.

Contact: Kristi Flaherty, Kroc Institute, 574-631-1127,

Originally published by Notre Dame News at on February 01, 2016.