Blind Trust

Leaders & followers in times of crisis

a film by Molly Castelloe

Coming to PBS for International Day of Peace, September 2021







~ Ann Bennett Mix, founder, American WWII Orphans Network ​

A film that suggests there is no conflict on earth that cannot be unlocked and calmed down, if combatants and victims can learn to mourn.

 ~ Blaine Harden, The Washington Post's former bureau chief      for Europe, East Asia & Africa

Every diplomat and diplomat-in-training should see this film.


~ Howard Stein, Professor of Preventive Medicine, Poet Laureate,     High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology

A truly beautiful piece of film art...a cinematic triumph.



~ Joseph Montville, former diplomat, Director of Healing Historical Memory,  Carter School for Peace & Conflict Resolution



One can see in this film a special aura around this man who has managed to witness the worst of humanity yet bring faith and love to the saddest situation.   


Independent Film Festival

Global Health

Film Festival

New Haven Official Selection

An amazing, moving, and accessible film about the unconscious dynamics, large group identities, and shared trauma that lie behind political movements.



~ Ed Shapiro, Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center 

The Film

Blind Trust tells about the peacemaking work of Vamik Volkan, a man born on the ethnically-divided island of Cyprus, who has been nominated 5 times for the Nobel Peace Prize for conflict resolution with letters of support from over 28 countries. 


In the early 1980s Dr. Volkan was a member and then chairman of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Psychiatry and Foreign Affairs, which brought Israelis, Egyptians and Palestinians together for unofficial dialogues.  He was later a member of the International Negotiation Network (INN) under the directorship of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, which investigated the roots of ethnic conflict in several global regions.  Based on his work in peaceful justice, Dr. Volkan was invited to give the keynote address in Cape Town, South Africa, celebrating Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s life and commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2006).  

This film recounts Dr. Volkan's lifetime journey working in informal diplomacy or "peoples' diplomacy" in The Middle East, Estonia, the former Yugoslavia and The Republic of Georgia.  It depicts his work with leaders, refugees and war orphans. The narrative dramatizes the new vocabulary he has developed for understanding the emotional life of large groups.



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