Increasingly communities in the U.S. are polarized politically and ideologically. Models are needed to demonstrate how bridges can be created in order to find common interests that can promote community building. ‘Beyond the Divide’ provides us with a model that can be applied in communities as well as in other environments. The lessons from the film should be widely shared.”
—David J. Smith, Consultant, Peacebuilding Educator
Almost 50 years have passed since the beginning of the Vietnam War. The politics and casualties are history, yet deep scars remain between those who served and those who fought a different war at home. In Missoula, Montana, a mysterious graffiti peace symbol inflamed the enduring animosity, dividing a community for decades. Through the courageous acts of a Vietnam veteran and a peace advocate, Beyond the Divide illuminates a path to healing old wounds and demonstrates authentic peace building. The story inspires audiences to take courageous first steps to reach beyond polarization in search of what unites us instead of what divides us.
‘Beyond the Divide’ is an incredibly powerful and moving film that conveys important lessons about peace, reconciliation, and the power of dialogue. As an educator, the film has made an excellent educational tool that deeply resonated with my students and opened their minds about what it means to be a peacemaker. . . . ”
—Stephanie Knox Cubbon, Peace Education Professional,
Metta Center for Nonviolence Education
. . . In my own efforts, I’ve come to the conclusion that peace efforts at the grass roots are the best and most reliable tools we have. This reality makes Beyond the Divide ever more important because it provides the answer to the very common question, ‘What can I do? I’m only one person.’ It shares the premise—not hypothetically, but concretely—that to be a peace builder, one must ‘be the change one wishes to create.’”
—Peter Yarrow, Peace Activist,
Musician, Writer, Peter Paul and Mary
Run time: 84 minutes; Closed Captioned
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Jan Selby is an award-winning independent director/producer and owner of Quiet Island Films, a film and video production company located in Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA).
Jan’s first film as director/producer was A Circle and Three Lines (2009), a short documentary about the history of the ubiquitous peace symbol, tracing its roots from a nuclear disarmament march in England to becoming a global commercial icon. This film screened at film festivals worldwide and was broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television, awarded a regional EMMY©, and included in an exhibit at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Jan attended Tufts University in Boston, worked in marketing at Apple Computer, spent 25 years as a communications consultant, and finally followed her heart to become a film producer/director. Her award-winning production company, Quiet Island Films, creates video content for client-partners nationwide.