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Serene Life and Serene Smile

'These two very beautiful films show that Cambodia is not only a country prey to war and unending violence, but also a place where the great virtues of Buddhism – tolerance, non-violence and compassion – are practised.’ King Norodom Sihanouk

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This 20-minute film is based upon a contemporary Cambodian poem interwoven with sayings of the Buddha. It juxtaposes scenes of life in Cambodia today with stunning images of mediaeval Khmer art on the one hand and the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge on the other. The film is pervaded by haunting indigenous music. The poem asks whether the smiles on the ancient carvings of Cambodia's temples are 'frozen and lifeless' - whether, after the violent deaths of millions of Cambodians, the Khmer culture is also 'dead.

The Serene Life DVD cover

This 20-minute DVD is based on the only full-length interview given to a professional film crew by Buddhist Master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Venerable Maha Ghosananda. Venerable Ghosananda speaks with profundity, gentleness and, at times, with mirth. He warns of the dangers of deforestation and illustrates the value of fostering a non-violent attitude towards nature. He expounds on the philosophy of the dhammayietras or peace marches - which became the most sustained mobilisation of monks and nuns for a social cause in the history of Cambodian Buddhism.

Le Mook "Oser la paix - l'audace des réconciliateurs" donne la parole à des acteurs connus ou méconnus qui oeuvrent pour la paix et la réconciliation au quotidien. Les éditions Autrement nous invitent ainsi à découvrir l'histoire et les témoignages de ceux qui, du Cambodge aux Balkans, de la Colombie au Proche-Orient tentent de dialoguer, négocier, reconstruire...

No end to the adventure - the journey of a change-maker by Pierre Spoerri

Pierre Spoerri, from Switzerland, and his wife, Fulvia, were amongst those responsible for international conferences held each year at the Initiatives of Change centre in the Alpine village of Caux. Spoerri travelled widely in Asia, the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, South Africa, and post-war Germany, reporting for European newspapers and working with MRA/Initiatives of Change.

Catching up with Gandhi by Graham Turner

‘There is no doubt that Gandhi was the greatest man of the 20th century,’ asserted author and journalist Graham Turner, speaking at the London launched of his new book. Catching up with Gandhi takes a fresh look at the life of the Indian freedom fighter. ‘I wanted to write something that young people would find interesting and accessible,’ Turner told the Hindustan Times. He succeeds in doing so in this engaging page-turner, which introduces Mahatma Gandhi to today’s generation who may not know much about him.

Front cover of An African Answer DVD

More than one thousand people were killed following disputed elections in Kenya at the end of 2007. Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor Jame Wuye - former militia leaders turned peace-makers from Nigeria - were invited to mediate in the worst-affected district. This film depicts their dramatic bid to bring healing and reconciliation after death and destruction.

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Trustbuilding: an honest conversation on race, reconciliation, and responsibility is part historical narrative and part handbook for a model of dialogue and community change that has been adopted both nationally and internationally. At its center is the story of how Richmond, Virginia, a former slave market and capital of the Confederacy, has become a seedbed for interracial dialogue and trustbuilding with national and international implications.

Ice in Every Carriage front paperback cover

An extraordinary Asian journey, 1952-53
Ice in Every Carriage is both an adventure story and an intriguing slice of Asian history. It records, as Rajmohan Gandhi writes in the foreword, the creation of what at the time appeared to be an unthinkable bridge between seemingly antagonistic cultures.

Reaching for a new world by Hennie de Pous, was launched on 27 July 2009 in Caux during the conference Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy. The author spoke for about 20 minutes on the book, followed by a questions and answer session, and book-signing. De Pous said, 'In my book 'Reaching for a new world' I am trying to bridge two gaps: the generation gap and the history gap. I wrote an honest book about the history and the development of ideas of Initiatives of Change, because young people who start to work with IofC need to know the history in order to feel ownership.'

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