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The Third Harmony is a documentary film that is part of our fourfold effort to bring the ancient art of nonviolence into the mainstream of public consciousness. The film will be accompanied by a companion book of the same title, a cooperative board game for adults that serves as a mini-training in nonviolence, and a multi-year, cross media impact campaign.

The Third Harmony is based on 30+ hours of interviews with prominent nonviolent activists and scholars, scientists, teachers, practitioners of restorative justice, and others, such as Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Bernard Lafayette Jr., Ph.D, and Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D. It tells the story of nonviolence, the greatest overlooked resource in human experience.

Act One: What is Nonviolence? Through the testimony of seasoned activists, including the highly dramatic story of how women and children were recently saved from death by unarmed international actors, part of a new institution in civilian protection, we get a glimpse of the power of the force that Gandhi called nonviolence, and its implications for a whole new “story” of what it means to be a human being.

Act Two: How Does It Work? Introduction to the hard science that explains something of the power of nonviolence and how activists are using training and strategy bring it out in the social field. Again, we hear dramatic stories from participants themselves that start to fill in this inspiring picture. We also learn the eye-opening statistics, never before examined, of the great success of nonviolent campaigns over the last century: What if people were as well trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war?

Act Three: What Can I do? The payoff: Five tools by which any one of us can better prepare him-or herself to be a part of this unfolding story; how it is emerging in everything from street protests, schools, to the U.S. government. And the final question: What are we waiting for?

Watch a discussion with the filmmaker.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    44 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Michael N. Nagler
  • Screenwriter
    Michael N. Nagler
  • Producer
    Steve Michelson, Tom Eddington
  • Executive Producer
    Steve Michelson, Thomas Eddington, Ryah Alohalei Ki, Lou Zweier
  • Co-Producer
    Steve Michelson, Thomas Eddington, Ryah Alohalei Ki, Lou Zweier
  • Cast
    Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Bernard Lafayette Jr.,Ph.D,, Erica Chenoweth, Ph.D