In its 15th year, the Global Peace Film Festival is all about the mission 

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Change thrives on discussion, so there will be panels every day during the run of the festival. Also on the schedule is a Desmond Tutu-themed photo exhibit at CityArts Factory. (A planned student photo show at Orlando City Hall and a benefit concert for Somos Orlando at the Timucua Arts White House are both awaiting reschedule dates.) Add in an online-only selection of extra films, and you have a multifaceted affair that indicates the direction Streich would like to see Global Peace chart in the future: "What I'd love to move towards is, like, a Global Peace Weekend Orlando, which incorporates a lot more than just the film festival. Wouldn't that be great? And this is a great place to do it, because the city's response to what happened at Pulse has been so beautiful, you know ... and that's a credit to everybody who lives here."

But whatever form the festival takes after this year's edition is over, it's clear that engagement is going to remain Streich's overriding goal. "What's exciting about the festival is at the end of a film when people are kind of leaning forward in their seats and going, 'What can we do about this?'"

The "this" she refers to could be armed aggression, environmental devastation or any other theme explored in a Global Peace film. At base level, though, what she's talking about is agency – a healthy and constructive state of being the event as a whole is designed to foster. Hence the slogan of this year's festival: "It starts here."

(For a full schedule of Global Peace Film Festival events, go to

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