WORLD PEACE is a Local Issue
Events and Awards
WORLD PEACE is a LOCAL ISSUE was shown to both Houses of Congress and broadcast on PBS stations nationwide. It won First Place in the Alliance for Community Media Hometown Video Awards in 1983 and Best Film in the Palo Alto Film Festival.
DEMOCRACY in ACTION Community Event
featuring a screening of WORLD PEACE is a LOCAL ISSUE
Palo Alto, CA, Oct 25, 2013
More than 30 years ago, Dorothy filmed a Palo Alto City Council Meeting on a VHS cassette. As it turns out, the film she made of that meeting captures a memorable event in history: the efforts of Palo Alto residents to convince their City Council to adopt a resolution endorsing a Nuclear Weapons Freeze. This drama takes place against a backdrop of worldwide grassroots efforts to rein in the escalating nuclear arms race during the Cold War era. The Mayor of Palo Alto and the majority of the council felt, initially, that support of a Nuclear Freeze was not an appropriate issue for a local city council.
Three hundred residents of Palo Alto showed up to make their case. This film focuses on the tension in the Council meeting where impassioned pleas of residents finally result in two Council members changing their positions, ensuring passage of the controversial Resolution - a triumph for democracy in action. The City of Palo Alto would now go on record in support of the Nuclear Freeze Resolution. Dorothy had no idea that what happened at that meeting would be so relevant to the nuclear weapons stockpiling happening in the world today.
Using edge of the art digital technology, Dorothy has upgraded and updated the film. The new version, includes cameo vignettes of Paul Newman, and Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy. We also hear from Senator Ed Markey (recorded in 1983 and in 2012).
Director: Dorothy Fadiman
Executive Producer: Frank Spencer
Assistant Producer: Phyllis Cole
Project Coordinator: Victoria Nichols
Music (original version): Alex de Grassi
Narrator (new version): Peter Coyote
Music (new version): Laurence Rosenthal
Editors (new version): Marlo McKenzie and Owen Tomlins