Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Serial liar to appear in Denver for PeaceJam!

And it's not Ward Churchill! No, it's Rigoberta Menchu Tum, the Nobel Peace Prize winner for her book about growing up in war-torn Guatemala, I, Rigoberto Menchu, which was shown to contain many fabrications, but is still taught in the kind of college courses we all know and love. The Post interviews Dawn Engle,
co-founder of PeaceJam, an international education program based in Arvada that brings young people into contact with Nobel Peace Prize winners to work for change. . . .
I wrote about PeaceJam's gathering of Nobels and yoot in Denver back in 2006.

[Menchu] will introduce a screening of the 1983 documentary "When the Mountains Tremble" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Denver Post building, 101 W. Colfax Ave.
You'll note if you look at the links just above that the Post's writers were unbelievably smarmy and supportive of PeaceJam back then; today, the tradition continues.
We asked Engle about PeaceJam and the documentary featuring MenchĂș Tum, who is longtime friends with Engle and her husband, PeaceJam co-founder Ivan Suvanjieff.

Q: What do you hope filmgoers take away from seeing "When the Mountains Tremble"?

A: I think the film will hopefully inspire people to feel that when all the odds are against you and it feels like the whole world is turning against you, that you can prevail. I think a lot of people now are feeling hopeless and even beaten down. I think this film will really help lift them up.
Just tell a few lies about your beaten-down-ness and you too can win a Nobel Peace Prize and make lots of money!
I cried when I saw it. And I really felt involved with this brave young girl, Rigoberta. You kind of fall in love with her during this film.
Maybe there'll be Nobel-winner-on-Nobel-nominee action! (third bullet-point).
Q: What is the significance of MenchĂș Tum's visit?
Who cares! Here's the PeaceJam "package" for the flick:
PeaceJam is selling a $175 ticket package [gack!]called "A Day With a Nobel Peace Prize Winner." The package includes a ticket to PeaceJam's Inaugural Hero Awards Luncheon on Wednesday at the Seawell Ballroom, a reception where participants can meet Menchu Tum, and a ticket to the screening. Tickets for just the film go on sale Wednesday for $12 at the Starz box office.

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