Peace Activists
Credit: MY HERO


Screening these films will take about 55 minutes. The pieces utilize art and music to express strong opposition to the horrors of war. They also feature heroic individuals who have become advocates for conflict resolution and peace after experiencing the tragedy of violence.


Hands Up Don't Shoot (3:17)

Producer: RAP ARTIST:Queen McElrath, DIRECTOR: Aniea Cody, PRODUCER: Todd Young ...
Nashville students, Queen McElrath and team show love and talent for Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson Missouri.

Prayers for Peace (7:20)

Producer: Dustin Grella
A young man seeks peace on behalf of his brother.

Upstanders: The Mosque Across the Street (5:09)

Producer: Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran
What happens when a mosque moves across the street from a church in the Bible Belt?

A Battle for Peace (2:12)

Producer: Walking the dog / Directed by: Joost Jansen

A soldier goes to the front during World War I, whose horrors make him realize that the enemy is actually war itself. 

The Peace of Wild Things (1:17)

Katy Wang
When despair for the world grows in me… ...I come into the peace of wild things. ~Wendell Barry

Moral Courage: Stopping shootings in Brooklyn before they start (3:06)

Producer: Adam Grannick and Moral Courage TV

Save Our Streets organization works to prevent violence from happening to the youths of Crown Heights.

Post-war Machismo: Be a Man (8:34)

Producer: Liz Mermin

Dragan Kisin became a a community leader and non-violence advocate after joining the Be a Man club in Bosnia and Herzegovina's Banja Luka. 

Azim Khamisa: The Tool of Forgiveness (7:45)

Producer: The Institute for Advancing Unity/The Working Group
A grieving father overcomes tragedy by creating something beautiful in his son's name - Tariq Khamisa.

Us and Us (5:18)

Producer: Righteous Conversations Project
A look at dehumanization through the eyes of a black teen and the history of genocides.

A Declaration of Interdependence (4:18)

Producer: Global participants
Award Winning Director Tiffany Shlain crowd sources her revision of the Declaration of Independence as A Declaration of Interdependence!

The Sunrise Storyteller - Trailer (1:54)

Producer: Marla Slavner
The Sunrise Storyteller follows the hero's journey of teenage filmmaker & social justice advocate, Kasha Sequoia Slavner.

Right To Play [Excerpt] (6:37)

Producer: Frank Marshall
Olympian Johann Olav Koss embarked on a remarkable journey to use sports to improve the lives of African children.


1. Which of these films touched you the most and why?

2. Who of these heroes do you admire the most and why?

3. How does the art or music in the films impact you as a viewer?

4. What is your favorite genre in this group? Experimental, Music Video, or Documentary and why?

5. Do you know any peace heroes in your community?

6. Why is forgiveness important for peace?

7. How can we become more tolerant as people?

Ron Kovic Peace Prize in the MY HERO International Film Festival

Ron Kovic Peace Prize Sizzle (2:00)

Producer: Hila Hamidi
Learn all about the Ron Kovic Peace Prize in the MY HERO International Film Festival.

Click here to learn about the Ron Kovic Peace Prize, view previous winners and submit your peace film!

Submit your film for the RON KOVIC PEACE PRIZE
Credit: IMAGE: Occupy LA Rally

Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendars in the Classroom

Teachers' Calendar
Credit: MY HERO

Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program

Create Program
Credit: MY HERO

Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.

Submit your artwork to be entered in the MY HERO art contest or to be exhibited on our Gallery Homepage.

Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.


Organizer created on 3/17/2020 4:14:49 PM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 8/8/2023 11:23:43 AM by Laura Nietzer