Desmond Tutu: Children of the Light

'Children of the Light' is the first film to tell the life story of Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu, one of the fathers of modern day South Africa. With extensive archival footage, family photos and never before seen interviews, 'Children of the Light' is a personal look into the legacy of one of the greatest peacemakers of our time.

  • Dawn Engle
    Director
    Mayan Renaissance, 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy, PeaceJam
  • Dawn Engle
    Writer
    Mayan Renaissance, 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy, PeaceJam
  • Ivan Suvanjieff
    Producer
    Mayan Renaissance, 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy, PeaceJam, Detroit Punks, Jesus VS Bono
  • Desmond Tutu
    Key Cast
  • The Dalai Lama
    Key Cast
  • Naomi Tutu
    Key Cast
  • Nelson Mandela
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Educational, Human Rights
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    India, Myanmar, Peru, South Africa, United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Monte Carlo TV Festival
    Monte Carlo, Monaco
    June 8, 2014
    World Premiere
  • Desmond Tutu HIV Center
    South Africa
    September 7, 2014
    South African Premiere
  • Harlem International Film Festival
    Brooklyn, New York
    September 10, 2014
    United States Premiere
    Audience Choice
  • University of Winchester
    United Kingdom
    September 21, 2014
    United Kingdom Premiere
  • Desmond and Leah Tutu HIV Foundation
    South Africa
    September 21, 2014
  • Balinale International Film Festival
    Indonesia
    October 18, 2014
    Asian Premiere
  • Social Justice Film Festival
    Seattle, Washington
    November 25, 2014
  • N.A.M.E.
    Tucson, Arizona
    December 7, 2014
    Arizona Premiere
  • PeaceJam's Heroes Award Celebration
    Denver, Colorado
    November 12, 2014
    Colorado Premiere
  • 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
    Rome, Italy
    December 12, 2014
    Italian Premiere
  • Washington National Cathedral
    Washington D.C.
    December 10, 2014
    Washington D.C. Premiere
  • InJustice For All Film Festival
    Chicago
    April 10, 2015
    Illinois Premiere
  • 8th International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh
    Dhaka, Dhaka
    January 24, 2015
    Bangladesh Premiere
  • Jozi Film Festival
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    February 20, 2015
  • Oklahoma Urban Cinema Festival 2015
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    April 10, 2015
    Oklahoma Premiere
  • Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Screening
    New Delhi, India
    March 18, 2015
    India Premiere
Director Biography

Dawn Gifford Engle is an activist, filmmaker and Co-Founder and Executive Director of the The PeaceJam Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by thirteen Nobel Peace Laureates and a global leader in developing young leaders and engaging adults and youth in their local and global communities.

Dawn began her career as an economist, working 12 years for the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. She was the youngest women ever appointed to serve as Chief of Staff to a U.S. Senator. In 1991, after meeting and befriending the Dalai Lama, she co-founded the Colorado Friends of Tibet, and in 1994, she and husband Ivan Suvanjieff began working together to create the PeaceJam program, which has been recognized internationally for excellence in peace education.

Today, the PeaceJam Foundation is a global organization that has engaged hundreds of thousands of youth in root-cause centered action addressing the most pressing issues facing our world. Dawn now works with a team of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates who have identified 10 core issues that, if addressed though the leadership of the participating Nobel Peace Laureates and the energy of youth, will have a substantial and lasting impact on creating a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world for all. In addition, she co-authored the book, "PEACEJAM: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace", which was published by Penguin in 2008 and directed the award-winning documentary films, 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy and Mayan Renaissance, which is the first in a series of feature length documentaries in PeaceJam’s Nobel Legacy Film Series. Dawn has been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize herself.

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