INSIDE PEACE TO SCREEN AT CARTER LIBRARY MAY 18
Award-winning Documentary Following the Lives of Inmates in the Peace Education Program to Make Atlanta Premiere
Discussion with the Filmmaker Following Screening
Atlanta, GA – Inside Peace, a powerful and timely documentary film that focuses on the lives of several inmates both inside a Texas jail as well as on their daily challenges post-release, will make its Atlanta premiere at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum Theater on Thursday, May 18, at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public, and will also feature a discussion following the screening.
A hit on the film festival circuit and recipient of numerous festival awards and honors, Inside Peace was shot inside Dominguez State Jail, a men’s correctional facility in San Antonio, Texas, and is the directorial debut of Cynthia Fitzpatrick, a veteran TV editor whose credits include The Sopranos, Sex and the City and Six Feet Under. The documentary is distinguished by the remarkable emotional candor and transformation of its subjects as they participate in the Peace Class offered at the jail.
As the inmates featured in Inside Peace soon discover, the Peace Class represents an entirely new direction in their healing and rehabilitation, based on qualities each person already has within oneself. Not only does the film highlight the inmates’ metamorphoses while serving time, it also chronicles their lives after their release, squarely confronting the gritty challenges they encounter once they’ve returned to their lives on the “outside.”
“I felt it was important to show how finding peace within helped the inmates as they re-entered their lives,” notes Fitzpatrick, noting that they continue to thrive.
“Peace initiatives are a key element of The Carter Center, so the themes offered in Inside Peace align beautifully with its mission,” notes Cindy Mommer, co-organizer of the event, adding they are “excited to share the documentary with the local audience.”
The Peace Class is based on the Peace Education Program, which is presented in a variety of settings, including correctional facilities, veterans’, senior and community centers, and is offered in 73 countries and in 27 languages, with numerous programs currently offered in the U.S.
Locally, Atlanta started its first PEP at the Atlanta Men’s Transitional Center in January 2013 and is currently ongoing. The Atlanta PEP Team is still in contact with the original participants since their release; all are doing well in terms of establishing families and finding and retaining employment.
For more information on the Inside Peace, please visit www.insidepeacemovie.com
For more information on the Peace Education Program: www.tprf.org