The Peacemaker


Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30pm
Washington U./Brown

This inspiring documentary profiles international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. The film captures Padraig's isolated life in Cambridge, Mass., and follows him over five years to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth — from Northern Ireland and Kosovo to Nigeria and Iraq — as he applies a successful peacemaking model based on his own recovery from addiction. Now in the third act of his life, Padraig is in a race against time to find some form of salvation for both the world and himself. Calling the film “a deeply moving portrait of its truly admirable, complex subject,” the Hollywood Reporter writes that “The Peacemaker” “is effectively divided between chronicling O'Malley's prodigious efforts on behalf of conflict negotiations — he practically lives out of a suitcase, and his Boston apartment is spartanly decorated — and depicting his fragile emotional and physical state…. O'Malley is a compelling camera subject, gaunt yet physically commanding, soft-spoken but charismatic, his soft Irish brogue as pleasant for us to listen to as it must be for the groups with whom he works. It's easy to see why this deeply thoughtful, self-made diplomat has succeeded where so many others have failed.”

90 min.

Directed by

James Demo

Film Category

Human Rights Spotlight Interfaith Competition International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television Middle Eastern Focus


With director Demo, subject O'Malley, and scholar Sunita Parikh (Washington U. associate professor of Political Science).

Sponsored by

Center for the Humanities at Washington University and Washington University Libraries

Presented in partnership with Missouri History Museum and The Common Reader

Mean Streets is a program of The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative. With the support of the Mellon Foundation, Washington U.’s Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, is engaged in a four-year initiative called The Divided City, which addresses one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation.

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