Nobel Prize Winners Work with Youth
PeaceJam is a harrowing and inspiring look at the lives of
five American teenagers growing up in a culture of violence,
and the transformation that occurs when their lives are touched
by greatness. PeaceJam follows five teens over a six year
period as they face the stark realities of growing up, and
as they work side-by-side with leading Nobel Peace Prize laureates
– including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu,
Rigoberta Menchu Tum, and President Oscar Arias – and
learn to become leaders in their own communities.
Their stories are often funny, sometimes tragic, and always
edgy and real. From the full-fledged gang member to the homeless
child with an alcoholic mother, to the twins born of an interracial
marriage, to the high school shooting victim, their dramatic
life stories will both move and shock you.
“PeaceJam will help thousands of young people to
gain a greater understanding of the world and about themselves…”
–H.H. The Dalai Lama
Taken from over 500 hours of interviews and work in the field,
this documentary records their transformation into young people
of and conviction. It also captures the moments that changed
their lives forever – the murder of gay student Matthew
Shepard, an attempted suicide, the carnage at Columbine High
School, the death of a father overdosed on drugs.
PeaceJam contains never before seen footage of leading Nobel
Peace Prize laureates working with youth in the USA, South
Africa, India, Guatemala and Costa Rica, and rare footage
from inside Columbine High School both during and after the
shootings. The film also features an original score created
specifically for this documentary, including three original
songs written by Columbine survivor Richard Castaldo.
NOTE: Rated . This video bears a parental advisory for some
strong language and explicit content. This film is used in
public schools and is highly recommended.
Contents: DVD ; Color, Digital Sound, Dolby,