Directed by Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young | Israel-Palestine-USA | 2016 | 83 mins



Sunday, April 2, 2017
5:00pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU



  • Exclusive Q&A with Director Stephen Apkon, moderated by Dr. Michael Goodhart, Director of the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Skype Q&A with Combatants for Peace
  • Food Reception

CO-SPONSORED BY: CMU’s Center for the Arts in Society, FOSNA and J Street Pittsburgh


“Disturbing the Peace, conveys the inspirational universal story about the human ability to see beyond the narratives which we tend to accept as reality, and challenging convention in the struggle for freedom.”

- Ghassan Bannoura, IMEMC News

Filmmakers Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young trace the compelling true story of the joint Israeli and Palestinian activist group, Combatants for Peace. A rare story of binational cooperation, the peace movement was founded by former Israeli and Palestinian combatants who work together using non-violent activism to end the bloodshed in the Middle East. From both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the men and women of Combatants for Peace prove how movements like theirs at the community level are vital to creating peaceful solutions to violence. Through intimate one-on-one interviews, Israeli and Palestinian men and women tell of their personal transformations from enemy combatants to collaborative activists. Disturbing the Peace illuminates the complexity of a decades-long conflict and challenges the possibility of peace across enemy lines. Through these personal stories, both sides grapple with the question: Is the identity of one generation passed on to become the identity of the next? Is real change possible?


  • Eberfest, 2015, Humanitarian Award
  • Hamptons International Film Festival, 2016, Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution
  • Traverse City Film Festival, 2016, Audience Award & Founder's Prize


Co-Director, Stephen Apkon is the Founder and Executive Director of The Jacob Burns Film Center , a not-for-profit film and Education organization located in New York. The organization presents many different films such as documentary, independent, and foreign. Since its creation in 2001, The Jacob Burns Film Center’s education programs have reached over 100,000 children.

Co-Director, Andrew Young is known for his Cinematographic work on over thirty projects ranging from short films, television, and feature films. He is a co-founder of Archipelago Films, founded in 1991 with the mission to “inform, inspire, and ignite through high-quality, visual storytelling”. As the Principal Director of Photography at Archipelago Films, Young continues to place his camera in the midst of action, earning him an Academy Award nomination, multiple Emmy Awards, and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.