Global Health Film
Independent Film Festival
New Haven Official Selection
LEADERS & FOLLOWERS IN TIMES OF CRISIS
A truly beautiful piece of film art...a cinematic triumph.
~ Joseph Montville, Director of Healing Historical Memory, Carter School for Peace & Conflict Resolution
A film that suggests there is no conflict on earth that cannot be unlocked and calmed down, if combatants and victims can learn to mourn.
~ Blaine Harden, Washington Post's former bureau chief in Europe, Asia & Africa
An amazing, moving, accessible film about the unconscious dynamics, large group identities, and shared trauma that lie behind political movements.
~ Ed Shapiro, Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center
One can see in this film a special aura around this man who has managed to witness the worst of humanity yet bring faith and love to the saddest situation.
~ Ann Bennett Mix, founder, American WWII Orphans Network
Every diplomat and diplomat-in-training should see this film.
~ Howard Stein, Professor of Preventive Medicine, Poet Laureate, High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology
BLIND TRUST tells about the peacemaking work of Vamik Volkan, a man born on the ethnically-divided island of Cyprus, who has been nominated 5 times for the Nobel Peace Prize with letters of support from 28 countries. Dr. Volkan’s work is key to understanding national, ethnic, religious, and cultural identity and has shaped a model of conflict resolution used around the world.
In the early 1980s Dr. Volkan was chairman of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Psychiatry and Foreign Affairs, which brought Israelis, Egyptians and Palestinians together for unofficial dialogues. He was later a member of the International Negotiation Network (INN) under the directorship of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, which investigated the roots of ethnic and national conflict in several global regions. Based on his fieldwork in peaceful justice Dr. Volkan was invited to give the keynote address in Cape Town, South Africa, celebrating Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s life and commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2006).
The film recounts Dr. Volkan's lifetime journey in informal diplomacy or "peoples' diplomacy" working in The Middle East, Estonia, the former Yugoslavia, and The Republic of Georgia. It depicts his work with leaders, refugees and war orphans. The storyline dramatizes the new vocabulary he has developed over the decades for understanding the emotional life of large groups.