POW: PEACE OVER WAR
CRIME LGBT ACTION APOCALYPTIC BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR POLITICAL RELIGIOUS HORROR WAR SUSPENSE/THRILLER
1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,20th Century (multiple decades)
The aim of POW: Peace Over War describes the pathway forward to establish the groundwork for lasting peace by having examples of successful transitions from terroristic to peaceful solutions and providing evidence that mediation skills help attain success.
Starting with the authors civil rights work at age 17 years with Pete Seeger the story reflects hardships of bringing people together to settle difference. Now versed in Negotiation skills the psychologist in the author moves forward to handle practical differences among cultural groups.
Amazing settlements such as the current Peace Fire in Gaza will make up the optimism in the last two chapters.
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Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Voyage and Return,Other,Internal Journey/Rebirth
Plot - Other Elements
Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions
Mature Audience Themes
Extreme Violence,Sexual Abuse
Main Character Details
Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Complex,Patriotic,Decisive,Empathetic,Flexible,Visionary,Educated,Honorable,Sophisticated
Additional Character Details
Name: pete seeger
Key Traits: Aspiring,Patriotic,Decisive,Complex
Additional Character Details
Name: Native American involved in TMT also famous musician/singer Stewart Kawakamii
Key Traits: Masculine,Aspiring,Narcisstic,Complex,Decisive,Empathetic,Outspoken,Faithful,Romantic,Heroic,Honorable,Leader
Additional Character Details
Name: VP Kamala Harris
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Complex,Confident,Patriotic,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Faithful,Visionary,Leader
The US and many countries while in the midst of a pandemic where working together to get people vaccinated is top priority, the underlying suspiciousness, economic dependence, warrior cultures where military is receiving more funding than educating people, demands we look for conflict resolution ways of preserving mankind, both in life and for historical heritage. Melamed's film shows parallels with early civil rights activists and historical figures Gandhi, Dr. MLK.Jr as we live through violence rather than nonviolence with figures such as : The January 6 insurrection cannot be undone or covered up by the Republicans. It happened and it signaled the end of possibilities for peaceful bipartisan communication. A road forward is found by looking at the weaknesses during Jim Crow error to a present rebirth of hostility toward the unknown individuals. Leaders of most countries are losing power. The people power is stimulated in the following episodes: Hangings; Dow Chemical protests with Vietnam war, Kent State uprising killing 4 students and and the 9/11 disaster. Now military combatants have died in high numbers and killings, include children. Current disputes around Native Hawaiians protests against the 30 meter telescope on their spiritual mountain and the Black Lives Matter protests along with immigration bans leading to an Embrace of Positivism and forgiveness allow us to come together in hopes for a future when conflict resolution becomes a means to resolve conflict.
DRAMA, POLITICS, WAR, RELIGION
A timeline of traumatic conflicts with explanations about how the issues came to such violent peaks. There is then brainstorming and a plan about conflict mediation to deescalate and create harm reduction in conflicts both on a small scale and global scale.
Authors Writing Style: FAIR
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
The book profile does contain certain aspects of the narrative although it does not fully mirror the story. The themes focused on in the logline is only the focus in the last part of the book. By having a logline that incorporates the book as a whole it will better reflect the story like the short summary is able to do in outlining the actual format of the story.
Draw of Story
There is a lot of historical conflicts that are experienced by the protagonist that are not something the average person would have been brave enough to survive and or remain as hopeful after the fact. Figuring out of the inner peace came to be despite such tragedy is an interesting path to follow.
The structure of so many different events can make the thematic link and emotional attachment hard to follow as the overloading trauma can have the potential to detach the audience.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that there is always a way to create peace that does not result in violence. The protagonist's wisdom comes from years of conflict experience and examples of different countries.
This is unlikely to have a large fanbase unless the large scope of the structure becomes easier to follow and the hopeful themes more consistent in the first and second act. The message can become confusing as is with such a large scope.
This is unlikely to have awards potential unless the theme is more consistent, focused and clarified. It might do well as a documentary rather than as fiction.
Similar Films/TV Series
EAT PRAY LOVE, THE SECRET, PAY IT FORWARD, MICHAEL MOORE DOCUMENTARIES
What’s New About the Story
The originality stems from the conflicts that the protagonist experienced. It might be better to separate the conflicts and focus on the specific lessons of each so as to create more emotional attachment and make the narrative theme easier to follow.
Barbarian is an activist with a peaceful aura, limitless pools of inner strength and an admiral perseverance. Pete is practical but hopeful as is Stephen. Kamala is inspiring but hesitant due the pressures she faces.
Uniqueness of Story
This is definitely a unique theme but the structure makes the pacing hard to follow and the emotional investment in the characters is underdeveloped due to the large scope of the plot.
WORK IN PROGRESS
While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.
Tips for Improvement
Perhaps narrowing the scope of the conflicts will help introduce the resolution themes earlier and more consistently to be able to follow more easily. A simpler structure could also allow more character development to create greater emotional investment in the narrative.