In 2008, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace Steve Killelea produced a film called “Soldiers of Peace” about the often unnoticed ways in which people are building peace. Non-violent alternatives to war are more common than we are led to believe.

The film touches on the war on terror, nuclear weapons, global warming and climate change, youth and war, issues that remain relevant today.

This film, though created in 2009, still raises important questions about peace, war and the future of humanity. Filmed in 14 countries, Soldiers of Peace includes interviews with Sir Bob Geldof, Hans Blix, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, HH Prince Hassan of Jordan and many others with narration by Hollywood actor Michael Douglas.

Humanity is facing the greatest challenges in its history. Climate change, the depletion of fossil fuels and an ever growing population is placing colossal pressure on countries, governments and individuals.

It is how these demands are dealt with which will seal the fate of the human race. Through peace, or through war? Conflict will become a reality for millions of people unless peaceful philosophies are embraced from the ground up.

Soldiers of Peace showcases the alternatives to conflict, revealing countless inspiring examples to prove that peace can be achieved through great equity, emancipation, tolerance and understanding.

The film illustrates the connections between individual acts of enterprise and heroism, and the systemic changes we now need if we are to survive the 21st Century.

  • We see the reconciliation between IRA bomber Pat Magee and the daughter of one of his victims
  • We also meet Christian and Islamic religious fundamentalists in Nigeria who now preach peaceful co-existence
  • And finally we are introduced to a Colombian musician, making guitars from decommissioned AK47 machine guns, the former militiamen who advocate peace through music and many others who are striving to make a difference in the world.



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