Disturbing the Peace

83 mins.
Directed by Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young


Filmmaker Stephen Apkon in person!

DISTURBING THE PEACE follows former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.”

The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists which led to their founding of Combatants for Peace. Although based in the Middle East, DISTURBING THE PEACE is an experience that evokes universal themes relevant to us all.

It is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities.

DISTURBING THE PEACE is presented in collaboration with Karuna Center for Peacebuilding. Karuna Center for Peacebuilding innovates approaches for transforming conflict across divides by supporting people in all sectors of society to discover their shared capacity for building peace. Karuna Center has worked with Combatants for Peace, who are profiled in the film, since 2013. Click here to visit their website for more information.

Stephen Apkon is a filmmaker and social entrepreneur. He is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, a non-profit film and education center located in Pleasantville, NY. Opened in 2001, the JBFC has become one of the premier film institutions in the United States, with a Board of Directors that includes Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Jonathan Demme among others.

DISTURBING THE PEACE is his directorial debut. He is a Co-Producer of PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW, directed by Ido Haar (distributed by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media), Producer of I'M CAROLYN PARKER, directed by Jonathan Demme and Enlistment Days, also directed by Haar, and Executive Producer of PLANETARY.

Mr. Apkon is the author of The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in April 2013 - foreword by Martin Scorsese.