The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is observed across the world. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to “Peace Education”.
And what better way to educate ourselves to watch movies that beautifully propagate and demonstrate the idea of world peace. Check out these 6 movies that you must absolutely watch and recommend:
This is an epic treatment of Gandhi's life and his non-violent campaign to liberate India from British rule. Ben Kingsley gave his best performance ever as the simple leader by embodying him. Among other things, the film is full of lessons on nonviolent philosophy, tactics, and strategy, but it is really about one of the most extraordinary men of the 20th Century.
2. Dead Man Walking
Not directly about war, but certainly about the nature of human violence, life, death, and love, this is the most powerful film available on the death penalty. Sean Penn plays a convicted murderer with Susan Sarandon playing the nun who tries to reach him at a human level. Unflinching in its honesty, this is a must watch.
3. A Wednesday
What happens when an ordinary man beset with grief decides to take extraordinary measures to make a statement about merciless killing of innocents? The movie was a jab at complacence veiled behind diplomacy and political motives that take precedence over lives of common men, all in the name of war and justice. Naseeruddin Shah left us agape at this masterclass in acting.
4. King of Hearts
A marvellous satire on the absurdity of war in which a village in the path of the Germans (in World War I) is abandoned save for one British soldier and the escaped inhabitants of the local insane asylum. By the end it is clear that what we call "sane" (the war) is not sane at all—and perhaps the "insane," who treat each other with kindness and love, have got it right after all.
5. Ferdinand the Bull
The Academy Award-winning short was based on the beloved children's book, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, and recounts the story of a flower-smelling bull who refuses to fight. Released before the Spanish Civil War, this was widely viewed as a book to promote pacifism, and Ferdinand has since become an international cultural symbol for peace.
Rosenstrasse is a 2003 German film, which depicts the 1943 protest by non-Jewish German women outside a building in Berlin, where their Jewish husbands were being detained. Over the course of one week, their vocal and visible opposition became too much and Joseph Goebbels — with Hitler’s approval — was forced to release the nearly 2,000 Jewish prisoners.
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