Peace x Peace Film Series at USD

San Diego, CA -- The University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice will present the films “Honor Diaries,” “Eyes Wide Open: This Is Media” and “Circles” as a part of the peaceXpiece Film Series March 4-6, 2014 in the Peace and Justice Theatre. All films will be followed by a panel discussion.

Honor Diaries (March 4) – This film features nine women’s rights advocates with connections to Muslim-majority societies who are engaged in dialogue about gender inequality. Freedom of movement, the right to education, forced marriage and female genital mutilation are some of the systematic abuses explored in depth. Discussion to follow moderated by Jennifer Freeman, IPJ Program Officer, and featuring Imam Taha Hassane, USD Associate Professor Bahar Davary, and film producer Alex Traiman. “Honor Diaries” is hosted by Nika Water and co-sponsored by USD's Women's Center.

Eyes Wide Open: This Is Media (March 5) – This screening is one of 15 nationwide to premiere this documentary, which is a fresh look at our role in today's media landscape as consumers and makers. The film reveals the balancing act between being connected, responsible and maintaining privacy. Discussion to follow featuring Mary Walter-Brown of Voice of San Diego, Alisa Barba of Fronteras, Esteban Del Rio of USD’s Department of Communication Studies, and student Beth Desta from Outside the Lens. “Eyes Wide Open” is presented by WorldLink and hosted by Outside the Lens. Co-sponsored by USD's Dept. of Communication Studies and the Global Journal Project.

Circles (March 6) – This film follows five people who are affected by a tragic heroic act during the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Twenty years later, all must confront the past through their own crises and experience the circles of anger, hatred, reconciliation and forgiveness. Discussion to follow led by IPJ Interim Director Dee Aker, featuring filmmaker Srdan Golubovic. “Circles” is hosted by the Museum of Photographic Arts and Film Forward.

These events are open to the public and press. Reservations are encouraged at or call (619) 260-4236 by the day of each event.

WHAT: peaceXpiece Film Series; each film to be followed by a panel discussion.

WHERE: Peace and Justice Theatre – Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: March 4th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Honor Diaries
March 5th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM Eyes Wide Open: This Is Media
March 6th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Circles

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Denise Ward
(619) 260-4659