Stories of Unlikely Friendship Screened at Waterfront Film Festival

June 11, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Two documentaries that highlight powerful stories of forgiveness and reconciliation overcoming violence will be screened during this weekend’s Waterfront Film Festival in South Haven.

Waterfront will mark the world premiere of “Peace During War,” which profiles two former gang rivals who now work together to help kids in Kalamazoo avoid crime and violence. The festival also features “Facing Fear,” an Oscar-nominated documentary of the journey of two men who were once on opposite ends of a hate crime. Both were made with support from the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, a foundation dedicated to increasing awareness of the power of love and forgiveness. “These two short films are fascinating explorations of unlikely reconciliations, chance encounters, and the opportunity to start anew,” says Gillian Gonda, a program officer at the Fetzer Institute.

“Peace During War” will be screened at 2 p.m. Friday, June 13, and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

"Facing Fear" will be screened at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.