It’s fairly easy to name a war movie. Go ahead, try it. Chances are, you rattled off a few Blockbusters with little to no effort. Now try and name a “peace” movie. It’s harder, right? Well, Sharon Stone wants to change that. Look no further than her circle of friends and you’ll discover much more than acting on her resume.
Over the years, Stone has collaborated with individuals like Shahin Mafi, John Viscount and Shimon Peres, all for one shared desire: peace promotion. But how does one promote peace? It’s an idea, and it’s not one that human beings have had great success in cultivating. Nevermind the obstacles or ambiguity of a peace mission. Stone, Mafi, Viscount and Peres have been involved in peace movements, foundations, education—and now, a few films—all focused on progressing past conflict.
If you know anything about Sharon Stone besides her work onscreen, you’re probably familiar with her ongoing charity work. It’s become something of a second reputation for the Hollywood go-getter, and now it may be pulling her closer to a new role: the United States’ first peace ambassador.
Diplomats and peace activists, media gurus and filmmakers came to the stunning Potomac, Maryland home of Shanin Mafi, Azar Foundation for Children of the World founder, on July 25th for the screening of a short film entitled “Admissions,” written by John Viscount. Stone heaped on the praise for Viscount, with a few comments about his dedication being that of a monk.
“I’m not kidding,” she threw in, when the audience chuckled. “He doesn’t do anything else (except work to promote peace through his films).”
Unsurprisingly, the event was not just a glorified movie-going experience. It served as a setting for Stone and Viscount to open up a dialogue regarding the implantation of peaceful enterprises and government change, with the help and support of Mafi, a known civil rights goddess, hosting.
“Admissions” is a short film that showcases the futility and destruction of violence by exploring various perspectives of the Middle East conflict. Three people enter the room where they are hosted through the process of “admissions” to the afterlife, and three people exit that room in a manner wholly dependent upon their willingness to see the bigger picture.
Though Stone did not star in this film, the YaLa Youth Peace Movement founder said she would be starring in Viscount’s next film, “The Principle,” provided that they could raise the money. (*Hint, hint*)
Between screening one film and promoting the funding of another, Stone did not lose focus of the real mission that night.
“It is the common man that will make the change,” she said, speaking of our need to make systematic changes in how we pursue peace. “It’s the politician that will open the door for that change, but it’s each and every one of us that will follow your lead down that open highway.”
Having told her own children that “Life is a service job,” she speaks just as candidly to the group of well-dressed attendees.
“It’s amazing when you tune your life to the journey of helpfulness,” she said, with plenty of experience to back that up.
In 2013, she co-hosted an online discussion panel with President Shimon Peres, and she has recently been developing the Mandela Peace University, which allows for online education in peace advocacy, journalism and promotion. And she wasn’t afraid to tackle politics too.
“Our own country doesn’t have a peace department,” she said, before volunteering herself as a peace ambassador.
Let’s just hope that responsibility doesn’t deter her from a part in “The Principle,” Viscount’s upcoming film about cyber-bullying.
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