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Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in General News

A Brilliant Event: Giving Peace a Chance Screening and Discussion

In celebration of the International Day of Peace on Sunday September 21 VOW held a short film screening and discussion at Beit Zatoun, a local and beloved cultural centre in Toronto. The lead facilitators of the event, Ontario VOW Co-Chairs Mary Selvarajah and Kasha Herba, chose a selection of short films from the Global Peace Film Festival held in Orlando, Florida.

The short films were generously available online for a limited period of time. They were on varying subjects concerning efforts for peace; from anti-homosexual hegemony in Uganda, to the history of the peace sign and what it represents, to a man who protests at the same corner in California every Friday for peace.

Through out the event everyone was invited to speak about the thought provoking nature of each film. Many thought it fascinating the varying levels of creativity and expertise put into the films, and wished short films to be more accessible to the general public. The consensus was that others should see these due to their succinct, yet conscience awakening nature. The theme to be found in the chosen films is compassion and individual perseverance for something you believe in, ultimately resulting in a hope for the future.

This event was a message for strength on this International Day of Peace, strength to stand against what is wrong with out fear of judgment.

Photos from the event:


Kasha Herba and Mary Selvarajah lead discussion on the short films. 


Fatima Mohammad and Mary Selvarajah on popcorn duty.


Event introduction by Mary Selvarajah.


VOW team! 


For more information on the Peace Film Festival:

Thank you to our contributors:

– Loblaws

– Hot Docs

– Beit Zatoun