A poster for the movie "Admissions."

After the devastating events of 9/11, it became tragically clear that war was once again on the horizon. As a personal response, I wrote the script for Admissions, a film about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. My intention was to put forth a more forgiving interpretation of life’s events so people could find a pathway to peace no matter how crazy things got.

In 2011, the script was given to Academy Award nominee and peace activist, James Cromwell, and he graciously agreed to play the lead role. When the film was finished, Admissions began its festival run where it has won 26 international awards, been translated into Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi, and Spanish, and broadcast to 80 million people worldwide.

As a result of the positive response to Admissions, a number of peace organizations coalesced around the film’s message and several efforts were synergized. The result was a new mission to create Ministries and Departments of Peace in governments worldwide.

This promising initiative was made possible by high-level collaboration between Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, United Nations “Culture of Peace” working groups, The Global Alliance for Ministries & Infrastructures for Peace, and PeaceNow.com. From this emerged a binding diplomatic document called “The Global Resolution for the Establishment of Infrastructures to Support the Culture of Peace” that establishes cabinet-level, peacemaking bodies within the governments of UN member states.

Admissions is now being given as a “Gift of Peace” free screening to everyone who signs our Global Resolution, and currently we have signatures representing 118 countries. Here is a free screening link to Admissions so you can view the 20-minute film right now:

We have also created an Admissions discussion guide for use in schools, organizations, companies, and religious groups that can be downloaded for free.

In addition, I recently published a companion piece to the film called Mind What Matters: A Pep Talk for Humanity, a book of twenty-two transformational essays. Mind What Matters identifies powerful, life-changing shifts in thought that can help people from all walks of life transcend the perennial obstacles to achieving enduring peace.

Please feel free to share the free viewing link with everyone you know. We would also be very grateful if you would sign our Global Resolution at PeaceNow.com and share it as well. Thank you very much.

John Viscount is cofounder of Peace Now.


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