The following films, trailers, interviews and talks reflect diverse Adventist voices and visions of what it means to be peacemakers in the world today. The APF does not endorse all of the views contained in these films, however, we do endorse the spirit of honest seeking and openness to dialogue that we believe they demonstrate. We welcome recommendations of aesthetically beautiful and intellectually substantive films to add to this list, which can be sent to us by email.
“A Matter of Conscience” documents the response of British Seventh-day Adventists faced with conscription in World War I. Many of these men, in keeping with the historical Adventist ethic of conscientious objection and pacifism in times of war, refused to take up weapons. As a result, they were imprisoned by the military in conditions of extreme brutality and inhumanity that nearly cost many of them their lives. This film uncovers this long forgotten history and raises challenging questions about what it means to follow Christ in the present.
“I'm Not Leaving” tells the harrowing story of Rwanda genocide survivor (and APF Advisory Board member) Karl Wilkens, who refused to evacuate Kigali with other foreigners and who helped to save hundreds of orphans lives.
In a courageous sermon entitled, “Changing Times: The Time of Trouble and the Mark of the Beast,” Todd Leonard, senior pastor of Glendale City Church and APF Advisory Board member, asks the urgent question: What does it mean to follow the Christ of the Book of Revelation in the light of violence in Iraq and in Ferguson? (starting at minute 30)
Directed by Paul Kim
In this award-winning documentary by Paul Kim, the lives of three medical workers intersect in the poorest of African countries. An American doctor, a Danish nurse, and a medical student put everything on the line to revive a dying hospital and raise the standard of healthcare in a brutally harsh environment.
APF co-founder and former director Ronald Osborn wrestles with the challenge of biblical apocalyptic literature for peacemakers and argues for a nonviolent reading of the Book of Revelation.
Commentary: Samir Selmanovic reflects on the Occupy Movement, ‘Otherizing’, and the challenge of dialogue across ideological divides (2012)
Samir Selmanovic is a co-founder of the experimental inter-religious community, Faith House Manhattan, and the author of It's Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian. He reflects on the Occupy Wall Street movement, the perils of "otherizing" the 1%, and what religious communities might help their non-religious neighbors learn about peacemaking.
Trailer: ‘Seventh-Gay Adventists: A Story of Faith at the Margins’ directed by Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer (2012)
This film explores the complex intersection of faith, identity, and sexuality through the stories of LGBT Adventists who are struggling with their desire to belong to the church they know and love and their need to be fully accepted for who they are. "Whatever one's position regarding homosexuals and the church may be," Andrews Theological Seminary professor Roy Gane says, "this film is worth seeing because it candidly probes issues with real human faces and stories."
For years the Auburn Adventist church fed and clothed the homeless and those living on the margins of society until one day some of its members asked the question, “What if instead of feeding the homeless we gave them an opportunity to grow their own food?”
Directed by Paul Kim
This clip from a longer film about the Seventh-day Adventist Church by Paul Kim tells the story of Sibulele Sibaca, a celebrated HIV/AIDS activist in South Africa. She recalls her experience growing up as an AIDS orphan, and how that has driven her to focus on what she passionately feels is a divine calling to serve the young.
Jan Paulsen, recipient of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit and president of the Adventist church from 1999 to 2010, describes his longing for Adventists to be known throughout the world as “ordinary human beings with a huge heart and with a passion to develop good relations with our communities.”
Interview: Marianne Thieme Talks About Animal Rights
Hatice Guleryuz interviews Marianne Thieme, an animal rights activist, writer, Dutch member of Parliament, and Seventh-day Adventist who is the leader of the Party for the Animals—the world's first political party dedicated to non-humans.
Trailer: ‘The Conscientious Objector’ directed by Terry Benedict (2009)
This award-winning film tells the story of Adventist conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss, who refused to carry a weapon and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism as a medic in World War II. Doss was the first (and only World War II) pacifist to receive this distinction.
‘Meat the Truth’ directed by Gertjan Zwanikken
This film, featuring Dutch member of Parliament and Seventh-day Adventist Marianne Thieme, examines the environmental costs of meat consumption, including staggering greenhouse gas emissions caused by intensive livestock farming.
By PBS Frontline
This PBS Frontline documentary on the Rwandan genocide in which an estimated 10,000 Adventists were killed, many by their fellow Adventists, includes the story of Carl Wilkens, an Adventist missionary who put his wife and children on a U.S. convoy out of Rwanda but chose to remain in the country. By the night of April 10, 1994, he was the only American left in Rwanda.