New Documentary Shows a Path to Nonviolent Activism, Peace and Coexistence at the Community Level

AlterNet, November 7, 2016, By Alexandra Rosenman

'Disturbing the Peace' explores a new path for Israel-Palestine.

"In a land of perpetual chaos, what does it mean to be a nonviolent disrupter? It's a question Stephen Apkon asked when observing the arrests of former enemy combatants of Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters who have formed an unlikely alliance against the status quo.

'I began the film in August 2013, researching, filming and following the activities of Combatants for Peace,' director Apkon told AlterNet.

Apkon, whose previous documentary work includes Enlistment Days (2012), had received an invitation go to the Middle East to see if there was anything new he wanted to say about the conflict. It was then he discovered the group that became the subject of his new documentary Disturbing the Peace.

'I met with people on a whole political spectrum and I really felt like people were stuck in their own ways,' Apkon said about those living in the region. 

He discovered the Combatants offered a refreshing model for nonviolent activism, peace and coexistence at the community level applicable around the world.

'They're community people taking responsibility. The power of a gathering of enemy combatants from both sides working together is extraordinary. They're the only group of enemy combatants in the world working together through non-violence,' Apkon said. ..."

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