Light in the Dark
A Festival for Peace
December 3- 20, 2008

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Dec 3 thru Dec 20
Films, Concerts, Stories, and Performance
Presented by Tidewater Peace Alliance

Join us during the darkest part of the year to help usher in the new light. We'll present the regional premieres of 12 new movies that tell stories of both hope and terror from around the world. Cautionary tales that show how peace is destroyed by fear, poverty, and ideology. And heroic tales of peace achieved through conflict resolution, cross-cultural studies, respect for civil and human rights, and the nurturing of a just and tolerant society. Internationally known speakers, local musicians and performers complete the lineup, for the most inspiring Light in the Dark Peace Festival ever.

DD Delaney performs
A Concise Christmas Carol
40th Street Stage,
and other locations
throughout the Festival

Peace Festival logo
by Katherine Berlendy

What is the Tidewater Peace Alliance?

In August, 2005, at a meeting of the Hampton Roads Network for Nonviolence, the group was working on plans for A Season of Nonviolence. Meeting chair, Whit Peace, turned to the group and said, "We should have a film festival for the Season of Nonviolence. Does anyone know Tench Phillips at the Naro Theater?"

Photo by Sandy GinsbergJean Campbell said she'd contact Tench, but of course thought that the film festival was out of the question for a theater which needs to plan months in advance of an event. Maybe next year. But she contacted him anyway. At the time, Tench didn't even have time to think about the question, busy as he was with plans for the Green Screen Film Festival.

But at the end of September, when Amy Goodman of Democracy Now spoke at the Naro, Tench said to Jean, "We're going to have the Peace Film Festival. It will be in December.

December? In two months? Now here was a challenge for local peace people. How could anyone plan peace festival on such short notice? The invitation went out for a meeting the next Wednesday. Twenty-one people responded, from all five of the Tidewater cities: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Hampton. The next week ten more people. Clearly Light in the Dark: A Festival for Peace was an idea ready to happen.

Photo by Lucy AlmitraAnd the festival began to grow. In addition to the first-run films being shown at The Naro Expanded Cinema, there were seven film/discussion seminars planned for The Studio for the Healing Arts, near the Naro on Colley Avenue in Norfolk. The Fair Trade Festival, scheduled for the beginning of December became part of the schedule, and before long we had a festival that was happening throughout December, providing education on such wide-ranging topics as Peace in the Middle East, The Department of Peace, and New Movements in Latin America. A Kids Peace Fest was scheduled, inviting children to produce creative work around the subject of Creating Peace. A Solstice event, with drumming and dance was planned to bring the Festival to a close. Free events, paid events, all became part of the celebration,

In the process, groups of people representing over twenty various local peace and justice organizations got acquainted and started to enjoy weekly meetings. The Tidewater Peace Alliance was formed.

And now plans begin to extend beyond December. Stay tuned.

But for now, Light in the Dark: A Festival for Peace is sufficient. For a complete look at the festival schedule with times and locations go here.


Participating Organizations:

NARO Expanded Cinema

Studio for the Healing Arts

The iMAGE Project

The World Dreams Peace Bridge

Hampton Roads Network for Nonviolence/A Season for Nonviolence

Crawford Peace House

Norfolk Catholic Worker House

Playback Theater

Virginia Beach Friends, Committee for Peace and Social Justice

Gaia Circle

Hampton Roads Independent Media Coalition

Wordminder Press

Veterans for Peace
Iraq Veterans Against the War

Jewish Voice for Peace   http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace/
Hampton Roads Peace and Justice Center

Virginia Organizing Project

Amnesty International ( Hampton Roads Local Group #633)

Military Families Speak Out

Appeal For Redress

Tapestry, Inc.

Fortieth Street Theater

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