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ROOTED in PEACE challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world.

Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence. The film relies not only on memoir, but also interviews with such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra, music legends Donovan, Mike Love, and Pete Seeger, film director David Lynch, Noble Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, media mogul Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and many others.

Reitman learns from all of them, and heeds Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s words, that if the forest is to be green, every tree must be green; if there’s going to be Peace on earth, then everybody needs to experience that quality of Peace within themselves. And so in asking viewers to do the same, Reitman poses the basic question: How do we want to live? Reitman’s journey is an example of transformation — how one person can learn to make the necessary changes to enjoy a better life — and in so doing inspire others to want to improve their own lives, and society as a whole.

  • Greg Reitman
    FUEL, Hollywood's Magical Island-Catalina
  • Greg Reitman
    Hollywood's Magical Island - Catalina
  • Greg Reitman
    FUEL, Hollywood's Magical Island- Catalina
  • Britta Reitman
  • Michael Perricone
  • Deepak Chopra
    Key Cast
  • Donovan
    Key Cast
  • Mike Love
    Key Cast
  • David Lynch
    Key Cast
  • Nobel Peace Laureatte Mairead Maguire
    Key Cast
  • Pete Seeger
    Key Cast
  • Ted Turner
    Key Cast
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 20 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 7, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    10,000,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Sedona Int'l Film Festival
    Sedona, AZ
    February 24, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Du' Film d'Environment
    April 5, 2016
    European Premiere
  • Hollywood Int'l Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    September 24, 2015
  • Montreal World Int'l Film Festival
    August 22, 2015
    Int'l Premiere
  • Massachusetts Cultural Film Festival
    Amherst, MA
    March 25, 2015
  • Bali Int'l Film Festival
    September 26, 2015
  • Awareness Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    October 16, 2015
    LA Premiere
  • Tahoe Int'l Film Festival
    Lake Tahoe, NV
    June 5, 2015
  • Earth Day Texas Film festival
    United States
    April 23, 2016
    Texas Premiere
  • Two Harbor Film Festival
    Two Harbor
    United States
    November 12, 2016
    Seattle premiere
  • San Pedro Int'l Film Festival
    San Pedro
    United States
    October 17, 2015
  • Impact Film Festival
    United States
    June 25, 2016
    Colorado Premiere
  • Buffalo Int'l Film Festival
    United States
    October 3, 2015
    New York State
  • Conscious Life Expo Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    February 10, 2017
  • Chelsea Int'l Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    October 22, 2016
    New York City
Distribution Information
  • Blue Water Entertainment, Inc
    Country: United States
    Rights: Theatrical
Director Biography - Greg Reitman

Greg Reitman, Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter & Activist

Greg Reitman is the founder of Blue Water Entertainment, Inc., an independent production company focusing on environmentally conscious entertainment. Widely regarded as Hollywood’s “Green Producer,” Greg produced the 2008 SUNDANCE Audience Award-winning feature documentary “FUEL.” He wrote, produced, and directed the feature documentary “HOLLYWOOD’S MAGICAL ISLAND- CATALINA” (PBS) and returns back on the festival circuit with his latest awareness feature documentary film, “ROOTED in PEACE.” He’s currently has a slate of television and feature films in development including his new feature documentary film “BLUE PLASTIC ” and his Bondi thriller, The RONI LEVI Story.

Greg Reitman is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with international studies at Florence University in Florence, Italy; Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan; and Tel-Aviv University in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He received a Masters Certificate in Creative Producing from The Jewish Federation Masters Program. He is an alumni of the Hollywood Film Institute, IDA, and an active member of the DGA.

Greg was written up in Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top ten producers in the Entertainment industry making content that makes a difference in the world.

For more information about Greg Reitman and Blue Water Entertainment, Inc and Greg Reitman.

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Director Statement

As a teenager, I lived in the first gulf war in Israel and that one experience changed my life. When I returned to college, I was unaware of the affects of PTSD. Later that year, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Hokkaido University and during that time visited the Hiroshima Peace memorial. It was at that moment, where I suddenly realized the impact of war and the destructive power of war. Completely in denial, when I returned home to Amherst, I woke in tears wanting to heal the world. I created the Giving Tree: ROOTED in PEACE.
Film is an instrument of change. By allowing the viewer to share my personal story, the experience becomes as profound as the journey itself. In our new awareness film, ROOTED in PEACE, goes beyond the normal boundaries of filmmaking and uses the personal story as a vehicle for change combined with a collective of peace, environmental and heath activists to raise awareness of the issue of our interconnectedness to the planet and the stakes that lie ahead.
With this project, I want to tackle the most important problem the world has ever faced, that war serves no purpose, whether personal, environmental or political. As Ghandi states, “You must be the change you see in the world“ As a collective species we need to understand that change begins within oneself. By combining a personal and compelling film and a groundbreaking activation campaign, we want to create a social movement for change.