The Empty Chair (working title)

The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007. At that time, Burmese political leader Aung San Suu Kyi was appointed an honorary Elder and although she had never been able to join them, the Elders always kept an Empty Chair for her at their meetings.

Our video Trailer is coming soon.

The Empty Chair explores non-violence, past and present, and the spirit and philosophy that drive the movement’s core.

Much of humanity lives in greater freedom today because of the non-violent movements of the past century. From Apartheid to the Soviet Union, Jim Crow to the British Raj, oppressive rule has proven no match for peaceful resistance. Yet, the falsehood that non-violence does not work in the “real” world persists despite its repeated and resounding successes. There is an exalted mythology surrounding most nonviolent movements that depict leaders such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. as prophets and events such as the women of Liberia bringing peace to a 14-year civil war and the fall of the Berlin Wall, as miracles. However the impact of non-violence is real and enduring; we have the opportunity to do the same thing in our everyday lives. Ultimately non-violence matters because it works.

Interviews with Nobel Laureate Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tendzin Choegyal/Ngari Rinpoche, and footage of several other Nobel Peace Laureates is complete. Additional interviews with other Nobel Laureates are slated for the coming months.