Documentary Film CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT Premieres at Monte Carlo Television Festival
Archbishop and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu today celebrated the world premiere showing of the PeaceJam Foundation's documentary film "Children of the Light" at the Monte Carlo Television Festival hosted by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. Narrated by Tutu's daughter, Naomi Tutu, "Children of the Light" follows the life story of the South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide recognition during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.
The premiere is part of the global launch of the PeaceJam Foundation's One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, a five-year drive to inspire and enable people around the world to create one billion high quality projects to address some of the most important issues facing humanity. The PeaceJam Foundation is a U.S.-based non-profit organization and global leader in developing young activists and community engagement. Tutu is one of 13 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates who have agreed to use PeaceJam as a vehicle for mentoring those who commit to creating an Act of Peace. Core focus areas for the campaign will address issues such as rights for women and children, access to clean water for all, global climate change and alleviating extreme poverty.
"I am humbled that my life and my work can be the inspiration even one person needs to commit to making a meaningful act," said Tutu. "As one human family, we need to create change every single day because it is each one of our small acts, added together, that truly will have the power to change the world."
"The word 'peace' is powerful, but at the same time, it is not so clear. Peace means a lot of things to a lot of people," said Dawn Engle, Executive Director of the PeaceJam Foundation, which she co-founded with her husband Ivan Suvanjieff. "True understanding comes from seeing and hearing. This is the gift that Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his fellow Nobel Peace Prize Laureates have given us, by offering to show ordinary citizens and tell everyday people how one simple act that matters can be a powerful catalyst for change."
"We are all profoundly humbled and honored to have Prince Albert and Archbishop Tutu launch One Billion Acts of Peace with us. We pledge to work tirelessly to make the campaign a huge success in order to deserve the trust and love they have given to us. And we promise not to make them cry ... " said Chade-Meng Tan, the Jolly Good Fellow of Google and Prince Charming of the PeaceJam Foundation, clearly being his usual jolly good self.
More information, including how to pledge an Act of Peace, can be found at www.1baop.org.