Filmmaker brings documentary back to the Heartland
by Alex Wilson
Posted: 07.31.2015 at 3:20 PM
FAIRFIELD, IOWA — An award-winning filmmaker is bringing his film back to where it began.
The first frames of Greg Reitman’s documentary, “Rooted in Peace” were shot right here in the Heartland.
The film got its start in Fairfield during a performance by the Beach Boys.
“It’s really nice sort of to bring this film to where we first started six years ago and then to return here and to show the film. I always like the idea of full circles, so it really empowers me as a film maker to see that,” said director, Greg Reitman.
Reitman describes the documentary as a personal journey.
“Journey of one man looking for essentially the meaning of peace and he’s on a road to achieving that success and part of that journey is a holistic journey looking at the areas of the mind, the heart and the body in terms of inner-wellness.”
The filmmaker says he was inspired to make this documentary from a personal experience he had while he lived in Israel.
“I’m haunted by this idea of a mother putting on a gas mask to a 5-year-old child and in my mind I kept asking the question,” how does a mother explain that to her child?” said Reitman.
And Reitman didn’t realize how much this experience affected him until he was studying abroad in Japan.
He was with some friends visiting the Hiroshima Memorial and was confused as to why all of his friends were crying, but he wasn’t.
“It was really just moving. I came back to college and two weeks later I woke up from a nightmare and I had sweat all across my face, I came up with this concept I was going to save the world.”
“Rooted in Peace” took six years to complete and that’s due to not only figuring out the making of the film, but Reitman had to figure out the meaning of peace.
“It was also very challenging because as we working with various writers, how they understood the meaning of peace and they really didn’t,” said director Greg Reitman.
Once Reitman found out the meaning of peace, he says it was like an epiphany.
“That’s really what peace is about. If your mind is healthy, your heart is healthy, if your body is healthy, if you feel good, your world is going to feel good.”
The filmmaker says after an audience sees the documentary, it’s going to move them.
“It could take a day, it might take a week or it might take a month, but this, the content, whatever it’s doing internally to us, it’s working and that was really what I wanted to do, I wanted to wake people up and get them in touch with themselves,” said director of “Rooted in Peace” Greg Reitman.
“Rooted in Peace” will be shown at the Sondheim Center on Sunday at 7 p.m.
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