Are you looking for films to watch that will inspire change in your life? Initiatives of Change produces and disseminates documentary films that inspire change in human motives and behaviour. Our films focus on life changing experiences through personal change and transformation, forgiveness, reconciliation and peace-building. 

Over the past 50 years For the Love of Tomorrow Films, IofC's film production unit, has produced powerful stories. The documentary films explore a variety of topics, includiung faith-based approaches to reconciliation, conflict resolution and peace-building, inter-religious dialogue and cross-cultural encounters, social and cultural renewal after war, economic development and environmental protection.

There is a growing library of DVD’s for purchase and other current Initiatives of Change videos on YouTube. For a list of more DVD titles and for order enquiries please contact us.

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Circle on Indigenous Worldviews - Treaties

Circle of Indigenous Worldview is what we hope will be a series of conversations based on the conviction that trust and reconciliation cannot come without truth and justice. IofC Canada offers this as an opportunity to learn from different Indigenous perspectives, and events in history, that still affect decisions made today. The first conversation was on the Treaties.

 

 

  Trustbuilding in Quebec, Canada

  Trust around the world is diminishing and we are seeing the consequences.      Wider communities are facing challenges that include racial and interracial       divides, intergenerational conflict, as well as increased polarization and social   divisions.

Initiatives of Change (IofC) recognizes that at the heart of these challenges is the need to build bonds of trust and work to reconcile personal transformations towards profound societal changes.

Building on this recognition, IofC International launched the Trustbuilding Program, which the I&C Canada team launched in the province of Quebec in September 2019.

 

 

The Man Who Built Peace – The Frank Buchman Story

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The Man Who Built Peace captures the life and peace-making legacy of a man you may never have heard of – and who changed the world. Following a personal experience of transformation, Frank Buchman set out to pass on that experience to the world and helped shape the course of history. He was a revolutionary thinker and leader whose trust-building, reconciliation and peace efforts greatly influenced the 20th century. His vision and legacy are a powerful answer to the growing mistrust, injustice and extremism facing the world today. Watch Frank Buchman help to build peace between the enemies of World War II and discover how to apply this in your own life and community in today’s politically fractious climate.
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Building bridges across Canada

In Canada, Initiatives of Change focuses efforts on the following activities:
Follow-up to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Bridge Building and Equipping Changemakers

 

 

 
Walking Buffalo - World Journey

This film is available for free personal viewing only. Licenses are required for non-profit, educational, government or commercial use; please contact film.archives@ca.iofc.org

The colour film depicts the 1960 world journey undertaken by 88 year old Chief Walking Buffalo of the Stoney Nakoda Nation, of Alberta, Canada and Chief David Crowchild of the Tsuut’ina Nation who, with their families, travelled to meet the indigenous peoples of Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Uganda. Wearing their distinctive traditional regalia they were welcomed at the highest level by the leaders of those countries. Sponsored by International Moral Re-Armament, the film portrays the close ties between indigenous people everywhere and challenges them to take their rightful place in society. The film was photographed by Canadian Robert Fleming of Kingston, Ontario and narrated by Edward Devlin of Ottawa, Ontario – formally a producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.Read more >>

 
Trustbuilding Healing and Reconciliation Workshops

Home to the largest population of South Sudanese in Canada, Calgary could potentially be a powder keg of tribal tension that could flare up into violence at any given moment. But instead, dialogue, discussions, the city’s first-ever South Sudanese ethnic gala and peaceful demonstrations in support of human rights have marked community life for the diaspora in this city.
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The Citizen Project

The Citizen Project creates Circles of Trust.

IofC in partnership with Espace Art Nature

The TRC on Indian Residential Schools welcomed our proposal in 2011 and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs Canada financed it with a generous grant. Three full-day public Forums were held in Victoriaville, on March 17, 2012; in Montreal on August 4, 2012 during the annual First Peoples’ Festival; and in Quebec City on March 2, 2013.

The aim of the project was to engage Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals in a common and inclusive approach through a process to generate real opportunities for encounters in a number of events with a generosity of spirit and an open heart.

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Beyond Forgiving

Beyond ForgivingThis new documentary film depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to their country post-Apartheid. Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphalele form an unlikely pair: a black atheist man and a white Christian woman. One has suffered directly from actions of the other, but both have been victims - and risen beyond their pain. What brings them together is a profound story of tragedy, forgiveness and hope. Being released on DVD in North America in October 2013.
 
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The Imam & the Pastor

Imam and Pastor on YouTubeThis documentary film depicts the astonishing reconciliation process between Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye. It shows their story of conflict and the peace-making initiatives, which have flowed from their relationship. The film, narrated by Rageh Omaar, shows that it is possible for the perpetrators of inter-religious violence to become instigators of peace. It is both a story of forgiveness and a case study of grass-root initiatives in community relations torn apart by conflict.
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An African Answer

An African Answer on YouTubeMore than one thousand people were killed following disputed elections in Kenya at the end of 2007.  Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor Jame Wuye - former militia leaders turned peace-makers from Nigeria - were invited to mediate in the worst-affected district.  This film depicts their dramatic bid to bring healing and reconciliation after death and destruction.
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For the Love of Tomorrow

Cover of For the Love of Tomorrow in 3 languagesThis film is a unique profile of Madame Irène Laure, a member of the French Resistance who, in the rubble of post-war Europe, discovered forgiveness to be a force stronger than hatred. ‘I longed for the total destruction of Germany,’ she recalls, ‘… that it would no longer exist… [but] hatred, whatever the reason for it, is always a factor in causing a new war.’

Irène Laure travelled to Germany shortly after the end of hostilities and spoke of her experience of forgiveness to thousands of people. She was decorated by both the French and German governments for her contribution to the reconciliation of their countries.
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