In a world torn by conflict—in a place where the idea of peace has been abandoned—an energy of determined optimism emerges. When someone is willing to disturb the status quo and stand for the dream of a free and secure world, who will stand with them?
DISTURBING THE PEACE is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities. DISTURBING THE PEACE follows former enemy combatants - Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison - who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough." The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace. While based in the Middle East, DISTURBING THE PEACE evokes universal themes relevant to us all and inspires us to become active participants in the creation of our world.
“IT IS INDESPENSIBLE FOR A FIGHTING SYSTEM TO DENY THE HUMANITY OF THE OTHER SIDE, OTHERWISE HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY KILL SOMEBODY? HE HAS FAMILY, HE HAS HOPES, HE HAS FEARS, HE HAS DREAMS… NO, HE HAS TO REMAIN VAGUE – A TARGET – NOT A PERSON, NOT A HUMAN BEING”
Former IDF Soldier
“Not rockets from Gaza, not ‘Iron Dome’, not F-16s, not tanks — will bring peace. Peace should mean security and independence for both countries. Let us live in peace and dignity, two peoples on this land.”
Former Palestinian Fighter