Inside Peace


“The biggest mountain you will ever climb
is the mountain of understanding.
Once you have climbed that mountain, you would have truly conquered something
because you would understand… your self.”


 


  "Inside Peace" is a feature documentary that focuses on 4 men incarcerated in a Texas jail, who embark on a journey of self-discovery. With lives marked by generations of violence, addiction and poor social conditions, they attend a Peace class and begin to discover their humanity and rebuild their lives from the inside out. "Inside Peace" is a window into the hearts and minds of these men, who chose to break a life-long cycle of negativity. When released from jail, they face a world filled with conflict, rejection and hostility. If they can change the only belief system they have ever known and succeed in understanding their value as a human being, they might have a chance at living better lives.




“These stories bleed through Inside Peace, and they are crucial to it, but they’re only part of what the film is about. The men manage to take the message to heart that they have value as people – no simple lesson, especially when it comes so late in life. This is where, for the viewer, the awe comes in. You mean inner peace is… always possible?” –Robert Koehler






Archbishop Desmond Tutu 
and Peace Advocate Prem Rawat
   

 Despite the many challenges, solutions exist that have the potential to transform the lives of people affected by prison and gang experiences.




The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) and the Tutu Foundation U.K. hosted a forum on June 15th 2016 at the British Film Institute with government and NGO leaders to explore topics such as peace education, reconciliation, alternatives to violence, prison reform and breaking the cycle of crime. The forum included the U.K. premiere of Inside Peace, a multi-award-winning documentary film that chronicles how the Peace Education Program has a profound impact on the lives of several inmates both inside a Texas jail as well as in their lives following release as they try to change their ways.
A signature initiative of TPRF, the Peace Education Program (PEP) is an innovative, free multimedia course available in 68 countries that helps people discover inner resources such as strength, choice and hope.
Paul Bloomfield, attorney and governor of the Sir John Cass Foundation, an educational charity that provides grants and supports prisoner education, served as master of ceremonies at the event. Peter Clarke, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons and former Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, and Lord Tom McNally, who is the current Chair of the Youth Justice Board, led a panel discussion following the film screening.



 Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, commented, “…that extraordinarily powerful film that we watched earlier will have an impact on the way in which I look at every prison I inspect in the coming months and years.”

 

The Making















From the Producer/Director, Cynthia FitzpatrickI’ve been a professional filmmaker for over 25 years, and when I first saw a Univision piece in 2011 about offenders from the Peace Class at the Dominguez State Jail in San Antonio, I knew the story about the effect the class had on inmates, reaching one fractured heart at a time, had to be told. For the last 4 years I’ve been capturing the story, with the help of a small, nimble San Antonio based crew, following the main characters from inside the prison to their return home. I hope you will be as moved as I was watching them struggle to find their inner strengths and face the challenges of re-entering a society that doesn’t quite believe rehabilitation is possible.  





 





Celebrate Life Events collaborated with PC Damon Tulloch-Foley, to screen the documentary 'Inside Peace' to Lambeth community groups, police and local movers and shakers. We interviewed them at the end of the night and this video includes some of what they said.







The Huffington Post recently featured an interview with Dr. Jamshid Damooei, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting and Director of the Center for Leadership and Values at California Lutheran University.


 Dr. Damooei previously completed a study of the Peace Education Program, finding that for participants the program resulted in “a tremendous improvement with regard to believing that feeling peace is a possibility.”
Dr. Damooei discussed the tremendous value of peace education in the interview. Here’s an excerpt:


Could you please elaborate on the impact of the Peace Education Program around the world?

Peace education is an effective way of learning to coexist with one’s fellow members of society. I like to think that using a peaceful approach is within our instinctual capabilities as human beings. To find peaceful solutions to our problems is to strive for balance in what we look for in our lives. For many of us, reaching peace requires introspection, which is very important in supporting our personal, familial, and social lives. It is hard to imagine that someone without inner harmony could be an instrument of peace for their community.

However, on a functional level, using a peaceful approach is essential in discovering some of the most profound principles of humanity. There is a direct relationship between social justice and peace. Opting for a diplomatic resolution to the problems that we face in our life is not a mere fantasy, it is the outcome of learning to use peaceful methods in dealing with one another. It helps us to develop positive relationship with others. It enables us to develop social skills, realize the choices we have in our lives, discover our inner strengths, become hopeful, and feel contentment regardless of changes in our living conditions.

Currently, the focus on peace education primarily comes as an element of correcting the problems we face in our political and civil lives, which are very important but discordant. Nonviolent struggles for change have proved repeatedly to be the only method for sustainable peace. Our apparent inability to live in peace and harmony with our community and environment has changed the continuation of life on Earth as we know it. Our non-peaceful political environment continues to bring us to the verge of a nuclear disaster more often than we ever imagined not long ago. More than ever, we desperately need to learn and teach others how to protest and ask for change in no other way than peaceful and non-violent resistance.

There are several peace education programs for young people or adults who are in correctional facilities, in addition to some used to heal long standing political problems that separate people from one another. More recently, many schools and colleges are paying close attention to principles of peaceful resistance. However, we do not have to resort to teaching peace only when we are faced with dire problems and severe strife. It should be an inseparable part our curriculum in every school, staring from kindergarten all the way to university.








The Peace Education Program

The purpose of the Peace Education Program (PEP) is to help participants discover their own inner resources—innate tools for living such as inner strength, choice, and hope—and the possibility of personal peace.This is an innovative educational program, facilitated by volunteers, with a curriculum that consists of 10 videos, each focusing on a particular theme. These customized, interactive workshops are non-religious and non-sectarian. The content of each theme is based on excerpts from Prem Rawat’s international talks. The themes are: Peace, Appreciation, Inner Strength, Self-Awareness, Clarity, Understanding, Dignity, Choice, Hope, and Contentment.You are invited to explore these resources and learn more about TPRF’s Peace Education Program. For further information on initiating a PEP workshop in your area, or other information, please send a request to TPRF, selecting “Peace Education Programs” as your subject.

 
































 


            




 




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