Two events, the publishing of the book, Nonkilling Global Political Science, (2002), and the First Global Nonkilling Leadership Forum,(40 participants from 22 countries), held in a Buddhist temple in Hawaii in 2007, inspired the creation of this film.
The book's author, Glenn Paige, professor emeritus at the University of Hawaii, and Director of the Center for Global Nonviolence, poses a simple question: Is a nonkilling society possible?
Throughout the world, there is not an active word to describe nonviolence, even though all religions speak of the ideal of nonviolence, and the evil of violence and killing. Imagine what a different world this would be if there were no active words for "war", only "nonpeace". Nonkilling is not a word found in the dictionary. Coined by Dr. Paige, it is simply more focused than nonviolence: you can count the bodies.
Far more than just a utopian vision, this book has ignited inspiration around the world. It has been translated by volunteers all over the world into 26 languages, capable of reaching an audience of billions of readers. It has inspired the creation of the new Centers for Nonkilling in several countries with long histories of killing, including Haiti, Nigeria, the Congo, and Colombia.
A story from Colombia, inspired by the work of Glenn Paige and his colleagues, is central to this program: It is the story of the efforts of the governor of one of Colombia's largest provinces to follow Gandhi's dictum: talk with your enemy. Governor Gaviria of Antioquia seeks to meet and dialog with the revolutionaries of the FARC, to create peace with them.
Unlike Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Gov. Gaviria was the first elected political leader in the modern world to be fully committed to nonviolence and nonkilling. It provides a powerful and dramatic case study of an international effort to stop killing.