Jan 27: Peacemaking in Afghanistan talk at CMU

Brewing Tea in a Kettle of War, a talk by Michael Sheridan: Filmmaker, Educator, Activist and Director of Community Supported Film. Two years ago Michael Sheridan began research and fundraising for a film on alternative approaches to peacemaking in Afghanistan. A story idea developed to show Afghan villagers’ perspectives on what it is like to have outsiders coming into their communities to advise and sometimes supervise them.

After two visits to Afghanistan, including one challenging pre-production shoot, it became clear that Afghan participation in the filmmaking process was essential if the stories were to be told in all their compelling fullness.

A process is emerging that trains local filmmakers to tell and share the stories of their families, villages and country that, in turn, educate the international community. Ultimately, peacemaking becomes reciprocal.

4:30 p.m. in Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall) on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

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