Author(s): Wim Wenders
Inventing Peace revolves around the question of how we look at the world, but do not see it when there is so much war, injustice, suffering and violence. What are the ethical and moral consequences of looking, but not seeing, and, most of all, what has become of the notion of peace in all this? In the form of a written dialogue, Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi consider this question as one of the fundamental issues of our times as well as the need to reinvent a visual and moral language for peace. Inspired by various cinematic, philosophical, literary and artistic examples, Wenders and Zournazi reflect on the need for a change of perception in the everyday as well as in the creation of images. In its unique style and method, Inventing Peace demonstrates an approach to peace through sacred, ethical and spiritual means, to provide an alternative to the inhumanity of war and violence. Their book might help to make peace visible and tangible in new and unforeseen ways.
Wim Wenders is a German film director, photographer, playwright and writer. His internationally renowned films include Alice in the Cities, False Move, Kings of the Road, Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire, Until the End of the World, Faraway, So Close, The End of Violence, Buena Vista Social Club, Palermo Shooting, Land of Plenty and many others. His groundbreaking 3D film PINA was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Documentary in 2012. Wenders is President of the European Film Academy. He teaches film as a professor at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Mary Zournazi is an Australian writer and philosopher. She teaches in the sociology program at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is the author of several books, including Hope - New Philosophies for Change (Routledge, 2003), and Keywords to War A-- - Reviving Language in an Age of Terror (Scribe, 2007). Keywords to War was made into a radio documentary for ABC Radio National in Australia, and it was nominated for the Australian UN Media Peace Prize in 2008.
- - - A Prelude to Looking at Peace 1. Meetings - Conversations on War and Peace 2. Inventing Peace 3. Enduring Images 4. Imagining the Real 5. Which Future of Seeing