At a time when the world – and the U.S. in particular – is still grappling with the after-effects of the war in Iraq, the notion of encouraging governments to resolve conflicts with diplomacy rather than violence seems almost antiquated. But, that is the raison d’être of the International Theatre Institute, a 55-year-old NGO under the umbrella of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that optimistically continues to explore artistic ways to effect change.
Children of the Fall is a one-hour doc currently in production that focuses on one of the endeavors that ITI supports: the Voyage Project. Conceived by American Peter Goldfarb, the project brings together a disparate group of young actors, each of whom has lived through violent political events.
The focus of the film is on four performers and their respective experiences – of witnessing the World Trade Center attacks; suffering under the rule of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was executed in 1989; the targeting of a Serbian neighborhood during the NATO bombings of 1999; and enduring the Israel/Palestine conflict.
Children, which is currently in production, shows Goldfarb working with the actors to create performances based on their traumatic encounters. Interviews, historical footage and folk music are interspersed throughout the doc to bring to light the effect these larger conflicts have had on their young lives. Shooting will wrap in June, when Goldfarb brings the Voyage Project to the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, U.S.
Children of the Fall is a one-off produced by Denver, U.S.-based Denver Center Media. Budgeted at US$120,000, the doc received a $5,000 grant from the Goldfarb Foundation in Boulder, U.S.; the balance has so far been covered by DCM. Delivery is set for mid-August. At press time, no distributors or broadcasters were yet on board. DW