Today a fascinating and all too short conversation with one of my favourite film directors on the subject of peace and perception. Many of the themes are applicable on both a national / global and also at the relational and interpersonal level.
“Ten years ago Wim Wenders began a conversation with Mary Zournazi on war and peace. Drawing on philosophy, art and cinema their dialogue evolved into a sustained meditation on perception in a world of rapidly multiplying images. We join the philosopher and the filmmaker on their quest to make peace visible. Can anadequate moral and visual language for peace be defined in the clamour of the times?”
The book they wrote together is Inventing Peace: A Dialogue on Perception. It is referenced in the conversation on the Philosophers Zone.
'Reading this book brings a sense of enormous privilege – the privilege of overhearing a conversation between two voices of profound seriousness and imagination. The peace they talk about is neither a matter of problem-solving nor a dream of immobile quiet; it is the remaking of the world by patient looking, educated in compassion and self-awareness. We learn something essential of what art is (not least the art of the film-maker) and of how it is the necessary nourishment for a humane public life.'
Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and former Archbishop of Canterbury.
You’ll find the downloadable December 2013 conversation here.