Center for Nonviolent Communication: An International Organization

This documentary tells the story of former Maoist combatants, conflict victims, and government officials who engage in a restorative dialogue following the aftermath of the 10-years armed conflict in Nepal. It shows what can happen when people are able to connect with one another across divides, beyond fear, stereotypes, and enemy images. Certified Trainers Duke Duchscherer, Shantigarbha Warren, Kirsten Kristensen and Father Chris Rajendra, supported the participants with 4 days of NVC training in the lead up to the dialogue.

Producer/Director and Edited by Certified Trainer Carolyn Davies

Review by Scilla Elworthy, three-time Nobel Peace prize nominee

This film is deeply and powerfully instructive for all of us working to prevent, to heal or to resolve conflict. It shows how the tried and trusted techniques of NVC – Nonviolent Communication – can be pivotal in any culture and in any situation. In the film we actually can feel the pain of people from a culture far away. We can sense the courage that it took for rebels to speak out, and for the bereaved to cry out their anguish, and be heard.

This process works anywhere, because it is based on human needs that apply the world over. It is not easy, initially, but it makes sense to everyone because it meets the deep human need to be heard and understood. It also meets our need to find ways to bridge the painful divides that separate us. These are techniques that actually work, and this is a film that you will find gripping because it shows the drama of how it all works in practice. This is the most valuable hour's training you can spend!

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Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is based on the principles of nonviolence-- the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart.

NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.

People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.

The NVC community is active in over 65 countries around the globe. Find out more about how NVC is changing the world and how you can get involved.

When our communication supports compassionate giving and receiving, happiness replaces violence and grieving!
-- CNVC founder, Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing, and right-doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.


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