Disasters of Peace

Curated Film Programme


A distinguishing feature of our age is the seismic shifts that have arisen from the after-burn of the 20th century: the end of the Cold War, the failed colonial projects giving rise to civil war and mass migration, the unfettered consumption that is slowly destroying the planet, the shifts towards political extremes, and the defiance of the rule of law through mass surveillance. In Western Democracies, we consider ourselves to be in the longest period of peace, but we increasingly fear the other. Paranoia and anxiety infuse our media. We are beset by dis-ease and forebodings of disaster, yet major disasters have already happened: the genocides of indigenous populations, Chernobyl and Fukushima, the Syrian refugee crises, Hurricane Harvey (Texas), Hurricane Maria (Puerto Rico), to name but a few. How then can we represent these caustic aftermaths to expose the slow violence they continue to enact? What languages can transform the legacy of recent histories into a constructive future view? This touring programme draws together artist filmmakers who in a myriad of ways, challenge the prevalent representations of disaster, beyond the apparatus of spectacle. Featured here are films that in varying ways respond to the ideas of transformation and re-imagining, works that are positioned in a place where we are as likely to look back as we are to imagine a future.

To date we have screened various films by the following filmmakers: Heba Amin (Egypt), Richard Ashrowan (Scotland), Allan Hughes (England), Gabriela Golder (Argentina), Philip Hoffman (Canada), Sam Jury and Sarah Goldstein (UK/USA), Jazra Khaleed (Greece), Eva Kolcze (Canada), Bryan Konefsky (USA), Kamila Kuc (Poland/UK), Lynne Marsh (Canada), Reed O’Beirne (USA), Eliza Newman-Saul (USA).

Vol.5 of Disasters of Peace is currently in preparation and will screen at the 4th BIM: Bienale de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, 1-10 November 2018.


56th Ann Arbor Film Festival
Thursday, 22 March at 7pm
Michigan Theater Screening Room (603 E.Liberty St, Ann Arbor)

Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, Washington

The Horse Hospital

Experiment 15
Experiments in Cinema Film Festival

Disasters of Peace: Discussion Workshop
with curator Steven L Bridges (Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum) and writer Sarah Goldstein.
12.30 – 14.00, Friday 21 April 2017
LOCATION: CERIA 365, Department of Cinematic Arts, University of New Mexico.

Disasters of Peace Program 20.30 – 22.30
Friday 21 April 2017
The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM