Other Roles: Director, Independent Filmmaker
Areas of Focus: Documentaries
Organization: Spectrum Media
Jamil Simon is an award-winning producer / director of documentary films and educational media. His documentaries have covered a wide range of subjects and have been broadcast on PBS and commercial TV stations and have been screened in schools, colleges and other venues. In addition, he has worked in 25 countries around the world, 14 countries in Africa alone, designing and implementing public-awareness programs to promote reform in developing countries. For example, he created programs to promote sustainable agriculture in Malawi, water conservation in Tunisia, democracy in Mali, conflict resolution in Jordan and many others.
Jamil believes it is critical that we elevate public awareness of peacebuilding and other nonviolent solutions to conflict. If we want to have less war, it is critical that we learn more about how peace is made. How can we expect the public to advocate for peaceful solutions to conflict if they never see them happening in the news? Making peace efforts more visible to the public has become Jamil’s principal mission in life.
Currently Jamil is in production on a feature length documentary called Beyond Diplomacy: Building Sustainable Peace, which will focus on the peacebuilding process in four countries– Colombia, Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland and Burundi. He began the project by filming in Burundi for 4 weeks. We are now planning to shoot in Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and Colombia.
Jamil Simon: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamil-simon-245580
Spectrum Media Website: http://spectrummedia-boston.com
Jamil created a remarkably successful, one-day Symposium called War Stories Peace Stories: Peace Conflict & The Media – https://www.warstoriespeacestories.org/. It was designed to bring journalists and peacebuilders together to learn about each other’s practice and to discuss new approaches to reporting on peace and conflict.
David Swanson of Talk Nation Radiodid a 30-minute interview with Jamilabout the importance of elevating awareness of peace building. https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/jamil-simon-on-media-coverage-of-peace-building
Fragile Island of Peace (2017)