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Im IofC-Filmarchiv finden Sie eine Reihe historischer Aufzeichnungen und Filme (in englischer Sprache) aus der Arbeit von Initiativen der Veränderung (IofC).

A Conversation on Forgiveness

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A Conversation on Forgiveness (December 5, 2000)
With Dr Donald W Shriver, Jr (President Emeritus - Union Theological Seminary, New York) and with Michael Henderson (author of 'Forgiveness, Breaking the Chain of Hate')
at an event hosted by Initiatives of Change and the Mennonite Central Committee.

 

Asia's Destiny

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The film shows actions of MRA in Asia, including the tour of Anything to Declare (ATD) in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), in the presence of many officials including ministers and political figures of the country. It also includes Rajmohan Gandhi speaking on the platform about the importance of the multicultural aspect of the Malaysian society, and interviews with Dr Thio Chan Bee and Satya Banerji. The film goes on with actions taken by people in Assam and Nagaland to improve relationships. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi attends a celebration in Nagaland.

Production's date: 1970

Producer:
Jack Dickson

 

A Man for All People

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The film tells the story of Dr William Nkomo, a black South African man who fought against racial discrimination. He was part of the founders of the African National Congress (ANC) youth league. In the 50's he met white people who got him in contact with the ideas of IofC; he was invited to participate in a conference in Lusaka. The film includes many testimonies of people who came to meet Nkomo, or who travelled and worked with him to various places. The end of the film has a fairly long sequence in sync of Nkomo speaking in front of an audience, as well as a short interview of him shot on the terrace in Caux, Switzerland.

 

A Man to Match the Hour

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Shows Peter Howard's travels and speeches in USA, Africa, South America etc and Includes biographical elements of Peter Howard's life.

Production's date: 1965

 

Belfast Report

Prod Company: Foss Films, for New Ireland Film Productions
Executive Producer : Hannen Foss
Director: Peter Sisam

People from Belfast active in industrial affairs tell how they see a better future for Northern Ireland, and how ideas from MRA can help achieve it.

Production's date: 1974

 

Bridgebuilders (Denmark)

Prod Company: Positive Productions
Producer: Eric Parfitt

Elsinore castle - Denmark - Conference in Ollerup

Production's date: 1935

 

Britain Works OK

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Various testimonies from people working in industry, who tell how they deceded to improve things in their lives, put things right with their relatives and work for a better understanding.
Production's date: 1978

 

Caux 1946

A few scenes from the very beginning of Caux, in 1946.

 

Crossroad, the story of Frank Buchman

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Prod. Company: MRA

Detailed biography of Frank Buchman and history of his action & MRA. On the second reel there are shots of Frank Buchman speaking in sync. Song 'The World walked into my heart' sung by Muriel Smith and various audio testimonies of people who worked with Buchman, including Irène Laure, Peter Howard and his wife, Conrad Hunte, William Nkomo (South Africa, first African president of the Institute of Race Relations), Marie van Selm (South Africa), Les Dennison (worker, England), King Michael of Romania, Rajmohan Gandhi.

Production's date: 1974

 

Die Antwort

Feature film describing the struggle of workers and industry leaders in the Finnish steel industry to find an agreement and fight together for a more democratic way of leading industrial affairs by creating a factory council, and starting to speak honestly with each other in order to gain and maintain confidence. / This is the only film for which the composer Jean Sibelius gave permission for his music to be used. Producer: Viljo Lampela, Director: Viljo Lampela

 

El Condor

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Producer: Scoville Wishard
Director: George Fraser
Film 'written and produced by students from the universities of San Marcos and Cusco, Peru. The plot takes place in the university of 'Latinia', a fictitious city in South America. Carlos, a young man who comes from a rich family, makes friends with young communists. The play 'The TIger' is being shown in town and communist students get invited to see it. After having seen the play, Carlos' father comes to him and asks for forgiveness for his attitude; he then changes his attitude and this is the starting point of a new and honest atmosphere between the protagonists.

Production's date: 1962
Copy's audio language: English

 

FREEDOM

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The film tells the story of African men fighting for land, and fighting against each other. Progressively throughout the film the King of the land, a white man (Mr Roland) who represents the colonization, and different local people discover the way to fight together and unite in order to remake the world.

Cast :
The King : Matthew Elebsunu (Nigeria)
The Queen : Elsie Chivuzie (Nigeria)
Adamu : Manasseh Moerane (South Africa)
Mutanda : Ifoghale Amata (Nigeria)
Mr Roland : Lionel Jardine (England)

 

Galloping Horse

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Inauguration of the centre for MRA activities at 'Asia Plateau', Panchgani, India. People meet the President of India before coming to Asia Plateau; they told him that their were feeling responsible for the future of their country. A 19 year old boy who used to 'waste his time' singing in the streets decided to start using his voice to inspire others to change.

The film describes actions taken by ordinary people to help bring change into society. After apologizing to four men he'd been hating, one man suggests that they work together in order to make a difference. After his work, he teaches 200 young children who don't have an opportunity to go to school otherwise. One man who used to drink, gamble and be violent with others decides to listen to his inner voice and returns to his wife he'd left years before. She decides to forgive him and start life together again.

In a region where farmers are growing food, Mr R Lala meets them and gatherings are organized in the valley, where it is said that 'MRA is spreading across the country like a galloping horse'.

The end of the film emphasizes the importance of the four moral standards of absolute honesty, purity, unselfishness and love, and the fact that 'everyone is needed' in this revolution.

 

Give a Dog a Bone

Theatre play originally written by Peter Howard and adapted to the screen. Story of a dog, his master (a boy), his master's family and a man who comes from space. The boy runs away from his family and goes to London with Ringo his dog. He meets a man who comes from space, and helps him in his journey, to resist the 'king of rats', who changes people into animals as soon as they say 'I couldn't care less'.

Director:
Henry Cass

Cast:
Ronnie Stevens
Richard Warner
Ivor Danvers
Bryan Coleman
Robert Davies
Len Maley
Patricia O'Callaghan
Daphne Foreman
Angela Easterling
Rey Heymann
Roy Skelton
Frances Jane Ashworth
Pamela Jones
Geraldine Long
Gary Brighton
Philip Newman
Jill Love
Richard Manuel

Production's date: 1965

 

Happy Deathday

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Originally a theatre play written by Peter Howard. An old man has his birthday. On this occasion he is given a present by his grand daughter who is fond of him. On the other hand, she hates her parents and the atmosphere in the family is quite tense. The occasion of the old man's birthday is the opportunity to raise essential themes (love, life, marriage, etc.); in the end the young woman discovers that she is pregnent, and that the child is from her father's assistant. She doesn't get the support she longs for, and commits suicide.

Producer: Louis Fleming and Donald Loughman

Director: Henry Cass

Cast:
Cyril Luckham (as Josiah Swineyard)
Harry Biard (as Dr John Sylvester)
Clement McCallin (as Prof Esteban Zoltan)
Yvonne Antrobus (as Jetta Zoltan)
Bryan Coleman (as Dr Oliver Tarquin)
Harriette Johns (as Rebecca Zoltan)
John Comer (as Briggs)

Productions's date: 1968

 

Harambee Africa

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Producer and Director: Hugh Steadman Williams

The film opens with the cast of the musical show Harambee Africa helping to build a hospital and a road in the spirit of Harambee which means pull together Africa. The show was first produced at the MRA conference 'Aim for Africa' demonstration held at Kenyatta College near Nairobi. Opening of the conference and footage of Conrad Hunte, Vice Captain of the West Indies Cricket team, speaking and leading the sports programme. The cast of Harambee Africa perform for Kenyan Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta who commissioned the cast to take the musical show to other African countries. The film shows the cast performing in Khartoum Sudan for the Government and the El Mahdi with receptions and state occasions, plus the cast visiting Ethiopia and being received by Haile Selassie with shots of the arrival with a full grown Lion at the door of the plane, His Imperial Majesty's mascot. The cast is given a special place of honour when the government welcomes the French President on a state visit.

Production's date: 1965

 

Hope (Hoffnung)

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Director: Harold Schuster

Cast: miners from the Ruhr (Germany)

Adapted theatre play for the cinema. The play 'Hoffnung' (Hope) is introduced by some documentary shots of the cast being invited to show the play in diferent places around the world (Germany where they meet with Adenauer, Switzerland, Cyprus, Kerala-India, Japan, United States: Washington, New York, etc.). The story is about a man who escapes a communist country (east Germany) and starts living in the west. He discovers that the people in the west have no ideology and no direction for their lives. With people he meets in the west, he discovers the four moral standards of MRA, and convinces a former communist agent to change and open his life to new ideas. The film end with testimonies of miners about their experience of change.

Production's date: 1960

 

Japanese Journey

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The film is about the journey of a Japanese delegation (including the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) to Caux in 1950.

 

Jotham Valley

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Story about two brothers in the west of the United States, who deal with hatred and griefs, leading Jotham to close the water supply for the whole valley. Reconciliation takes place in the end. (see attached files : copy of newspaper article issued when the play was first shown in Broadway, that include a Syopsis of the story).
Production's date: 1952

Cast:

Joth Jotham : Leland Holland
Jennifer Jotham : Ilene Godfrey
Spindle : Cecil Broadhurst
Seth Jotham : Dick Stollery

Moose : Dwight Boileau
Slugger : Frank McGee
Smokie : Ron Roberts
Sundown : Howard Boyd

The Waggle family : David Allen, Elsie Menzies, Tommy Kennedy, Chris Channer, Val Fleming, Fernanda Smith.

Mrs Hubbard : Phillis Konstam
Mrs Whipple : Mabel Curtis
Mart Billings : Harold Sack
Jack Collins : Blanton Belk

... and the original Jotham Valley chorus
Book, Lyrics and music : Cecil Broadhurst
Additionnal music : Frances Roots Hadden & George Fraser
Arranged and conducted by : Dr. Will Reed
Staged by: Howard Reynolds

 
Landgirls in Tirley Garth Conference Centre during the war

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Landgirls cultivate vegetables in Tirley Garth Conference Centre's land and and sell them in town during the war.

 

Mr Brown comes down the Hill

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A man, a woman and a priest climb a mountain. The man goes alone to the top and finds another man on the top: Mr Brown (Jesus). The man asks Mr Brown to come down the mountain and meet the people who live down there. In town in a bar, Mr Brown forces a drunken man (Andy) to drink water. Andy dies in the bar. Mr Brown is given pills from a doctor, and dies after taking them.

Director: Henry Cass

Cast:
Eric Flynn (Mr. Brown), Mark Heath (Black man), Lillias Walker (Harlot), John Richmond (Bishop), Richard Warner (Doctor), Brian Coleman (second Bishop), Alan White (Andy), Donald Simpson (3rd Bishop), Noel Carey (4th Bishop), Robert Hartley, Kenneth Waller, David Bird, Pauline Loring, Gina Curtis, Astley Harvey, Anthony Higginson, Gary Brighton, Guy Standeven, Mike Lewin, Roy Heymann

Production's date: 1965

 

New Netherlands

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A silent film of the Utrecht conference 6-17 May 1937

 

IofC: Out of the frying pan into the fight

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Promotion film with fictitious elements, about the four moral standards and their application in the daily life of young people.

 

Papua New Guinea land of the future

Film report of the visit of Anything to Declare cast to Papua New Guinea. Cast giving performances of ATD, meeting local people; speech (sync) from Paul Lapun. / Visuals of Bougainville coppermines and members of cast visiting villages and homes. Outdoor stadium / stage for performance preparation / Rorovana people who used to be former ennemies watch the film Freedom together and come to an agreement that is reported in the press. / Visit of the cast to Rabaul on the island of New Britain, where there had been tension, and are recieved by Julius Chan, member of the Assembly.

Production's date: 1971

 

Pickle Hill

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The play is the story of Frank Buchman's first experiences of bringing change to a college in Pennsylvania, when the students were going to strike. The visit of Buchman to this place helped to improve the situation greatly. In particular he helped a man called Bill Pickle to improve his life and relationships, and stop drinking. The film ends with a series of people on stage paying tribute to Frank Buchman and his work, Frank sitting in a chair (it's acted as in the play, but much of the speeches relate to real events from the history of MRA). Filmed 1964 from the stage play.

 

Rousing a Nation

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Filmed report of the first Oxford Group meeting in Birmingham, in 1936. No sound. Shots of the 1936 British industries fair. Loudon Hamilton leads the procession. Cuthbert Bardsley talking to the crowd. Band playing, conducted by George Fraser. Frank Buchmann broadcasting in front of crowd.

Production's date: 1936

 

The Crowning Experience

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The film was actually based on a touring stage play, which itself was based on the life of Dr Mary McLeod Bethune, the pioneering educator and civil rights activist who became an adviser to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Screen play by Alan Thornhill
Directed by produced and presented by Moral Re-Armament
First premiered at the Warner Theatre, Broadway and Forty-seventh Street, New York
Running time: 102 minutes.

Directors: Marion Clayton Anderson, Rickard Tegström
Writer: Alan Thornhill

The Cast:
Emma Tremaine: Muriel Smith
Charlie: Louis Byles
Sarah Spriggs: Ann Buckles
Julie: Anna Marie McCurdy
Mrs Spriggs: Phyllis Konstam
Austin Blaney: Robert Anderson
Young Charlie: George McCurdy
Mr Spriggs: William Pawley Jr.

The Crew:
Editor: Cecil Broadhurst
Prologue Narrator: Joel McCrea
Music by: Paul Dunlap
Cinematography: Rickard Tegström

Music Department:
Conductor: George Fraser
Musical Director: Paul Dunlap
Assistant (to George Fraser): Herbie Allen, Cecil Broadhurst, Frances Hadden, Richard Hadden, John Hopcraft, Waldemar Smith

 

The Forgotten Factor, a play by Alan Thornhill

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Filmed theatre play describing a conflict between trade unions leaders and factory directors, opposing two families. The son of the company director acts as a catalyst of change and dialogue between his father and his friend's father, the trade union leader. The film ends up with a reconciliation between the two men.

Cast:
Richard Wilson, an industrialist: Eric BENTLEY
Mrs Wilson, his wife: Alice TOOKER
Betty, his daughter: Ruth HANNON
Dick, his son: Stewart LANCASTER

Jim Rankin, a labour leader: Howard REYNOLDS
Mrs Rankin, his wife: Phyllis KONSTAM
Polly, his daughter: Carol DEANE
Bobby, his son: David ALLEN

Joe Bush, a labour organise : Paul CAMPBELL
Mac: Harold SACK
Bob: Ron ROBERTS
Jack: Walter FARMER

Production's date: 1952

 

Turn on the Light

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Conference on Mackinac Island, Frank Buchman welcomes delegates. Speeches by Frank Buchman.
Production's date: 1951

 

Voice of the Hurricane

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Prod. Company: MRA Productions
Producer: Scoville Wishard
Director: George Fraser
Cast: Muriel Smith, Phyllis Konstam ; Reginald Owen ; William Close; Jane Wax ; David Cole ; William Pawley jr.

Story of a white family and their black cook in the colonial African context. Based on a stage play that clearly has echoes of the Mau Mau nationalist struggle in Kenya.

Production's date: 1964

 

Walking Buffalo - World Journey

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The colour film depicts the 1960 world journey undertaken by 88 year old Chief Walking Buffalo of the Stoney Nakoda Nation, of Alberta, Canada and Chief David Crowchild of the Tsuut’ina Nation who, with their families, travelled to meet the indigenous peoples of Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Uganda. Wearing their distinctive traditional regalia they were welcomed at the highest level by the leaders of those countries. Sponsored by International Moral Re-Armament, the film portrays the close ties between indigenous people everywhere and challenges them to take their rightful place in society.

The film was photographed by Canadian Robert Fleming of Kingston, Ontario and narrated by Edward Devlin of Ottawa, Ontario – formally a producer with the Canadian Broadcasting.

Corporation.