In a world filled with conflict, in an area where people have abandoned the idea of peace, emerges an energy of determined optimism. When someone is willing to stand for a dream to create a world of freedom and security for all, who will stand with them? Disturbing the Peace follows a group of former enemy combatants — Israeli soldiers from the most elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison - who have come together to challenge the status quo and say "enough".
The film traces their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to non—violent peace activists and their founding of Combatants for Peace (CfP). While the film is based in the Middle East, it creates an experience that addresses universal themes that are relevant to all of us — regardless of geography. It is a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us, and use the power of our convictions take action.
“This powerful documentary is filled with stories of courage and humanity and speaks not just to Israel”—Palestine but to bridging the damaging divides which threaten all cultures.”— Ron Howard
“I wish I had done this documentary.”— Ted Koppel
“I want to live in the world you guys [Combatants for Peace] are creating.”— Michael Moore, Traverse City Q&A
“Extraordinary! This Film gave me Hope!”— Chaz Ebert
“Compelling and Persuasive.”— NY Times
“This fresh and intimate documentary...has changed the world I know.”— Ben Cheever
“A film that shines a light on the beautiful revolutionary process of non-violence.”—The Forgiveness Project
“Our audiences were moved and inspired after seeing Disturbing the Peace - a poignant and timely film about how peace can be possible in the Middle East. - SFJFF Programmer
WINNER - Audience Award - TRAVERSE CITY Film Festival
WINNER - Founders Prize - TRAVERSE CITY Film Festival
WINNER - First Ebert Humanitarian Award - EBERTFEST Film Festival