November 13th at 6PM
Backbone Meaningful Movies
The Peacemaker, an award winning documentary about international peacemaker Paidrig O’Malley screens at Vashon Theatre, Tuesday, November 13th, 6pm. A community discussion led by Ann Lewis, international peacekeeper and Vashon Island resident, will follow the screening.
Padraig O’Malley has made it his life’s work to bring leaders on both sides of the most explosive conflicts to the same table. The genius behind his peacemaking model is at the crossroads between his inner and outer worlds. After decades of alcoholism, he decides to quit drinking. It is in recovery at AA meetings that he finds his peace model: that one culture in conflict can help another culture in conflict as one alcoholic can help another alcoholic – because they understand each other in a unique way.
On this principle – and against impossible odds – in 1997 he brought all the chief negotiators from Northern Ireland to meet Nelson Mandela to learn from the South African experience. Now as Padraig expands his idea, he develops a forum of divided societies from Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Nigeria and more.
The event is part of the Backbone Meaningful Movies Film Series. Admission is by donation and the event is possible thanks to generous support from Island GreenTech and Vashon Theatre.