Peace Jam
Corvallis, Oregon
April 2010

 


Human sculpture: filming for a music video at a PeaceJam! conference in Corvallis.
 
The video got finished and put online a week ago. We've gotten over 1000 views! We had the PeaceJammers in their orange shirts make the shape of a heart with wings, the Sufi symbol for a heart in the spiritual state, as a way of communicating to the people of Iran. We then made the same outline in luminaria, and both images were shot from the roof of the OSU Memorial Union.
 
Here's the story of the music video:
 
In late Feb, a staff member of FOR's Iran Project heard one of my songs and asked me to make a music video of it, which she would translate into Farsi and spread it around Iran to encourage the non-violent democracy movement there.

In less than a day, the project had so many people wanting to help.  We filmed much of it at PeaceJam! NW in April. I had a 16 year old choreographer. Oregon State University videography students did the filming, and we edited it collaboratively.

I wrote the song "Singing Freedom" 3 years ago, inspired by the film "Amandla" chronicling the role of music in the South African non-violent revolution.  For the music video, I gathered photographs of a number of non-violent revolutions, many successful, and some still in process.  Thus it became an educational project in more ways than one.
May those dedicated to peace and democracy prevail, everywhere.
Laurie Childers
June 10, 2010

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