Olive Branch Pictures is a social enterprise engaging in conflict mediation, using multi-narrative, commercially-viable comics and animated movies with a representational, ideologically balanced production team and advisory board.
Our mission is to help build trust and mutual understanding as well as mitigate the cycles of hatred, violence, xenophobia, and propaganda between groups caught in intractable conflict.
Our values are open-mindedness, empathy, and the pursuit of truth.
SHIRA & AMAL
Our first production addresses the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict with the story “Shira and Amal”
"An Israeli girl and a Palestinian girl learn to cope with the traumatic loss of loved-ones by escaping into the world of music. Years later their paths cross in university where, under the mentorship of their professor, they develop an intercultural benefit concert and compose 'A Song of Hope' to bring peace to Jerusalem and to themselves.”
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A Creative Approach to Conflict Mediation: An Academic Defense of Principles
“Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth--penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told.”
― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
This paper explains how the power of myth can be used to mitigate intractable conflict. I present my thesis, that an epic, animated, musical, feature film, developed with a representational, ideologically balanced production team and advisory board, can be a powerful tool in conflict mediation. Such a production would use the creative freedom of fiction and illustration to navigate social, political, and religious controversies without sacrificing story-craft and commercial viability. I offer my own application of this theory, Olive Branch Pictures, Inc. and its first production, “Shira and Amal”.
I began this journey in culmination of volunteer experiences in the Middle East, Mexico, and India, his Jewish roots and fascination with different religions, falling in love with an Israeli peacenik in Tel Aviv, an interest in media and storytelling, diplomacy, and entrepreneurship, a love of comics and animation, and a need to create.
Watson Institute Accelerator Luff Peace Fellowship Graduation Fall 2020
Brandeis University SparkTank Competition 2019
Drexel University CiRight Dragon Startup Competition 2019: Category - Business Services
Entrepreneur's Organization US National Student Entrepreneurship Awards Finalists at the Google Startup Grind Conference 2020
Entrepreneurs' Organization Connecticut State Student Entrepreneurship Competition 2019
SoCap Scholars Program 2019
Venture Cup Denmark Startup Finalist Teams 2019
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