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Film and Guest Speaker: International Peacemaker Padraig O’Malley
Saturday, April 6 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6pm: Film screening of The Peacemaker, a New York Times Critics’ Pick and multi-award winning film about the life and work of international peacemaker Padraig O’Malley.
7:30pm: Guest talk by Padraig O’Malley, founding director of the Global Alliance of Muslims for Equality (GAME Initiative), keynoting the Mariposa’s currently running exhibit about GAME.
A NY Times Critics’ Pick and multi-award winning film, THE PEACEMAKER is an intimate portrait of international peacemaker Padraig O’Malley – who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. The film takes us from Padraig’s isolated life in Cambridge, Massachusetts to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq – as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction. We meet Padraig in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself.
About the GAME Initiative:
In 2017, with O’Malley’s guidance, 48 young Muslim men and women from cities across Europe gathered in Glencree, Ireland. Their purpose: To set about collectively charting a course of action to affirm their rights as European citizens, their belief in Islam as a religion of peace, and plans for addressing prejudice and changing perceptions of Muslims across Europe. The GAME Initiative was born.
About Padraig O’Malley:
Padraig O’Malley is the John Joseph Moakley Chair and a Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation at UMASS/Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. Born in Ireland, he has devoted much of his life to bringing adversaries together to resolve some of the world’s most intractable conflicts, from Northern Ireland to South Africa and Iraq.
O’Malley is also owner of The Plough and Stars pub in Cambridge. Sober for the past 14 years, O’Malley says being an addict and attending AA meetings inspired his approach to conflict resolution.
O’Malley is the author of numerous books [The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine — A Tale of Two Narratives (Viking), Shades of Difference: Mac Maharaj & the Struggle for South Africa, with a foreword by Nelson Mandela (Viking)]. He is also the founder of the Forum for Cities in Transition, an international network of governmental and non-profit leaders, academics, students and business leaders from 11 divided cities across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Admission: Free for Mariposa members, regular admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors) for others