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I Stand for Peace 

The GABA Film Initiative opened in-person events since the onset of the pandemic with a meaningful and content-rich first event on June 2, 2022!

Supported and co-hosted with The Art of Living Foundation, SEEfestLA, and Ethos Film Awards, Joachim Zell, GABA Film Initiative Co-Chair, led through the program with his characteristic humor.

The location was a historic monument, the Art of Living Dome. It set the stage for reflection and open hearts while gathering around the topic of meaningful film industry contributions and peace.

German Consul Stefan Schneider

German Consul Stefan Schneider opened the program by reminding everyone of the difficult political situation we are in, in Europe and the world. Joachim Zell opened the main program by inviting SEEfestLA Film Festival Founder Vera Mijojlic to the stage to discuss and introduce two
Seefest award-winning movies.

“As far as I can walk” is a movie describing the journey of African refugees through Europe. For the first time in history, 100 million people are fleeing their homes in May 2022.

The 2 movie, “Klondike”, is a Ukrainian movie from 2014 with the war in Ukraine as the underlying plot, and time again is happening today as we are on day 100 of today’s war between Russia and Ukraine.

The highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s talk about his global “I stand for peace” campaign. He concluded his speech with a meditation that brought the minds of the
audience together for a conclusion to the event.

GABA thanks the “Art of Living Foundation” for hosting this amazing in-person event at their historic dome! Thank you to the “Ethos Film Awards” for sponsoring a delicious buffet and thank you to all of you
who donated to the Unicef-Ukraine and the “International Association For Human Values” campaigns.

SEEfest program and activities are supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency; Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; ELMA Foundation for European Movies in America, and California Humanities. We are deeply grateful for their continued support of our programs.

California Arts Council
Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
California Humanities