World peace and other 4th grade achievements
WORLD PEACE AND OTHER 4TH GRADE ACHIEVEMENTS interweaves the story of John Hunter, a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his students' participation in an exercise called the World Peace Game. The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world. The film reveals how a wise, loving teacher can unleash his students' full potential through creativity, respect and original thinking.
Chris Farina is a graduate of the University of Virginia and American University. His first two films, ROUTE 40 (1986) and WEST MAIN STREET (1995), were collaborations with Charlottesville filmmaker Reid Oechslin, and both films are guided by the principle of respect for the individuals portrayed, allowing them to tell the story of their lives and their community. Each film portrays people living and working in familiar American settings that typically receive little media attention. He has also worked with fellow Charlottesville filmmaker and Academy Award winner Paul Wagner on two films, THE JAMES RIVER (2000) and ANGELS (2005). Chris Farine is also prominently featured in the documentary THE PARKING LOT MOVIE, which is also screened at this year's festival.