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Tue 11 Apr 2017, 7:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Fishtrap Theatre, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah, Mandurah, Mandurah & surrounds

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: gail479p

A film of hope from the depths of despair.

A Texas prison is an unlikely setting for an educational program about the transformative power of peace, but multi award winning documentary, Inside Peace focuses on a peace education program at the Dominguez State prison in San Antonio Texas.

Filmmaker Cynthia Fitzpatrick chronicles the lives of several inmates both inside the prison as well as their lives following release as they explore the possibility of change. Fitzpatrick says the peace program impacted the prisoners on many levels from a reduction in violence in the overall prison population to a reduction in recidivism. “It did spill over eventually into the jail itself because the warden and the captain of education and captain of the guard said to me that they noticed the effect that it was having generally in the population and that there was less write ups…confrontations between inmates and what not.”

Globally the Peace Education Program is run in 74 countries in 35 languages. Ghana adopted the program for all their correctional facilities. A former inmate David Agleby from Accra, Ghana writes “With this Peace Education Program, I now know that even if I have no mother, no father, no sister or brother, I have life. Joy and peace are living in me, and I can do something good.”

The Peace Education Program consists of a curriculum of 10 one-hour workshops designed to help people discover their own inner resources, innate tools for living such as inner strength, choice, and hope–and the possibility of personal peace. The film illustrates how effective the program is for hardened criminals with intergenerational experiences of hardship, poverty, drugs, violence and disadvantage. If it can help these men, it can help anyone.

Screening will be followed by a forum on “Breaking the Cycle of Trauma” exploring issues raised in the film and their relevance to Australia now.

Panel Members include:

Dr. Andrew Ramsay - GP and Facilitator of Peace Education Program at the Adelaide Womens Prison
Mervyn Eades - Ngalla Maya, Perth
Be Westbrook – CEO Peel Youth Services
Dean Dyer - Men's Health and Well-being
Rhys Williams (Young Australian of the Year 2015) - CEO The Makers
Ian McTavish - Author of ‘A Prisoner’s wisdom: Transcending the Ego’
Mark Anderson - former CEO of Fairbridge (Binjareb project).