June 2008

Poetry, and the Beginning of Voices in Wartime

Interview Questions for Andy Himes from Joy Helmer, Peace By Design Blog
5/8/08

Q: Was there a particular event that that fueled your desire to make the film Voices in Wartime? Do you have a personal experience of or reaction to war that made this film something that had to get made—and by you? What fueled the passion in the film, the anthology and the project, to create a less violent world and to heal the trauma caused by war?

Cameron Penny's poem

If you are lucky in this life,
A window will appear on a battlefield between two armies.
And when the soldiers look into the window
They don’t see their enemies.
They see themselves as children.
And they stop fighting
And go home and go to sleep. When they wake up, the land is well again.

Cameron Penny's If You Are Lucky in This Life was originally published in the November/December 2001 issue of North American Review. Marie Howe reads his poem in the film Voices in Wartime.