Park University Co-Sponsoring Events on Conflict Resolution

A group of Kansas City organization and civic leaders, including Park University, have united to bring a thought-provoking film and panel discussion to the region.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, “Disturbing the Peace,” a film that follows former enemy combatants — Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison, will be screened at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts’ Helzberg Hall in Kansas City, Mo., starting at 7 p.m. Following the screening, the film’s directors, producers and cinematographer, along with members of Combatants for Peace (featured in the film), will take the stage for a panel discussion.

Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased through the Kauffman Center at www.kauffmancenter.org. VIP tickets are also available for $70.

In addition, on Thursday, Feb. 9, the panelists will come together again for a free discussion about creating peace out of conflict at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., starting at 1:30 p.m. While this event is free and open to the public, registration is requested at https://disturbthepeace.eventbrite.com.

“Disturbing the Peace” (view the film’s trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mimF59sPHc) is about people born into conflict, sworn to be enemies, who challenged their fate. The film follows everyday people who took extraordinary actions by standing for what they believe in. The movie will challenge attendees to understand the narratives they live within, to look at current roles in society and decide what role they will play in creating a more humane world. The film reveals the transformational journeys of the former enemies — from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists — leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace.

The screening and public discussions are sponsored by Park University, A Great Collaboration, the National Archives at Kansas City, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, Rainy Day Books and Reconsider.

For more information about the film, the combatants and the filmmakers, visit http://disturbingthepeacefilm.com/.

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