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Audience at the screening of The Man Who Built Peace
The Man Who Built Peace - The Frank Buchman Story premiered at the Illuminate Film Festival
Friday, June 9, 2017
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The Man Who Built Peace - The Frank Buchman Story premiered at the Illuminate Film Festival


Imad Karam (left) responds to questions from the audience

The documentary film, The Man Who Built Peace - The Frank Buchman Story had its worldwide premiere on Sunday, 4 June, 2017 at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona to rave reviews and a sold out house. On hand were director Imad Karam, co-producer Kelly Burks, and cast member Jay Stinnett.

The film tells of the life and peace making Legacy of Frank Buchman, the founder of Initiatives of Change. The screening was followed by a lively discussion, with over 30 percent of the audience giving their personal emails and requesting more digital information about the work of Initiatives of Change and how honest conversations might be initiated in their communities. One member of the audience commented: ‘I so enjoyed the film - a tour de force - and I learned so much. The film and the people at the screening - made it clearer than ever - that we must continue to listen to each other, breathe, and balance. It is a good thing to have in this turbulent time.

The film was one of nine world premieres that included works on the lives of spiritual teachers such as the Dalai Llama, Thich Nat Hahn and  Swami Srila Prabhupada, who brought Hare Krishna to the West.


From Right: Kelly Burks, film producer; Sharon Foster, Illuminate Programme Consultant; Imad Karam, film director; Jay Stinnett, cast member; and Adell Shay

ILLUMINATE is the world's premier film festival for conscious cinema. Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and pushing humanity forward, ILLUMINATE is a landmark destination event and centrepiece for conscious content. This year the festival featured 26 films, 11 world and US premieres, 16 panels and immersive workshops, four live music concerts, 75 filmmakers and industry guests and a virtual reality showcase, and attracted audiences from 11 countries and 28 US states.

The Man Who Built Peace was a significant contribution to the festival and widely praised by a host of filmmakers for its artistic merit and content.