Peace Is The Way - A Century Of Nonviolent Activism
'There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.' Simple words that ring so true, yet prove so hard to live by. This quote from A. J. Muste, one of the 20th century's great peace and human rights leaders, is the inspiration for a series of documentaries about the unsung 'superheroes' of peace, nonviolence and human rights, created by two filmmakers, Gregory Kennedy-Salemi and Stuart Jolley, supported by the Director of Musicians without Borders, Laura Hassler (daughter of Alfred Hassler) and many other great musicians and artists.
Peace Is The Way - A Century Of Nonviolent Activism chronicles the interconnected stories of normal people, who became nonviolent beacons of light. These unsung heroes and heroines used love, humour and nonviolent action as their “weapons” and helped build global movements for peace and reconciliation.
The 'superhero' idea was inspired by a comic book about Martin Luther King, Jr. developed by Alfred Hassler in 1958 (as head of publications at the Fellowship of Reconciliation) to promote the civil rights movement to a wide US audience. This past February, we learned that this old comic book had contributed to the nonviolent character of the Egyptian revolution: it had been translated into Arabic by a US Muslim organization and used in Egypt to talk with young students and activists about nonviolent resistance to injustice. Here's that story: Comic heroes of the Egyptian revolution by Dr. Sylvia Rhor
The first film in the series is titled “Walking with Alfred Hassler, Thich Nhat Hanh & Sister Chan Khong” - a feature documentary film and animated 3D comic book about normal people who became Human Rights Heroes & Heroines.
“Alfred Hassler was one of our dearest friends, supporters and brothers and that is one of the many reasons why we call him by his true name "Thich Alfred Hassler".
Alfred stood by us during some of the most difficult times of our lives, during the war in Vietnam. He was a deep listener who "always stuck to the spirit of non-duality and reconciliation." We were with Alfred during his last day in the hospital.
When we arrived Alfred was asleep, he was dying of cancer and was heavily sedated. We sang to him, massaged his feet and spoke to him recalling many of our adventures together when suddenly Alfred opened his eyes for a brief moment and said "Wonderful, Wonderful," then fell back to sleep.
Our brother Alfred was one of the most important peacemakers in the last century and his story, which is interconnected with ours, should be told and is truly worthy of your support”
- Thich Nhat Hanh & Sister Chan Khong, July 2011, Plum Village, France
This is where you can watch the trailer, and several delightful videos showing the various stages in 'the making of' so far and updates from the protagonists and film-team members
Best Wishes to you all,
Stu Jolley and the Peace is the Way film-team Sangha. :)