About the film

In one of the most multicultural cities in the world, One Day For Peace takes us on a journey across the suburbs of Western Sydney to ask: what do you believe? Produced by Urban Theatre Projects, this multi-faith documentary combines everyday ritual with reflections on humanity, impermanence and social justice. One Day For Peace wrestles with some big (and not so big) questions inside homes, prayer houses and from the back seat of a taxi.

To make the documentary, Director Rosie Dennis spoke with more than 100 people across cultures, religions and regions in Western Sydney, and interviewed over 50 individuals. The final documentary features 27 people from 10 different faiths, including Aboriginal Spirituality, Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Mandaeanism, Meditation, Orthodox Christianity and Sikhism.

One Day For Peace invites us into the daily lives of these 27 different people as they speak openly about what they believe, how and why they practice, their questions and doubts, and their understanding of life, death, divinity and the afterlife.

For more information, please go to the One Day For Peace website.

Education and Study Guide

One Day For Peace engages directly with the following General Capabilities of the National Curriculum:

  • Ethical Understanding
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Intercultural Understanding

It is also relevant to Year 7–10 studies of History, Civics and Citizenship, and English.

A full study guide can be downloaded from The Education Shop.

Screenings and Broadcasts

One Day For Peace aired on ABC’s Compass program on Sunday, 25 September at 6:30pm. It will be available on ABC iview until 25 October 2016.

One Day For Peace was premiered over two weeks in 14–27 September 2015, screening nightly in high pedestrian traffic locations across Western Sydney. The film was projected onto buildings, in shopping centres and train stations in Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Canley Heights, Liverpool, Mt Druitt and Parramatta, with the aim of intersecting with people’s everyday. The project also attracted widespread media coverage, appearing on Lateline, ABC 702 Mornings and Sydney Morning Herald.

On 22 September 2015, the ABC’s Geraldine Doogue facilitated a public talk at Parramatta Town Hall asking diverse panelists to respond to the film. Panellists included Maha Abdo, Professor James Arvanitakis, Dr. John Rees, and Rosie Dennis.

One Day For Peace is available to be screened at schools, community and corporate events. Please contact the office at admin@urbantheatre.com.au for more information.