Peace is a documentary about the journey of the peace symbol. Since its inception in 1958 in England, its meaning has changed with the times, from anti nuclear in the late 1950's to anti Vietnam, to flower power and love in the 1970's, to being a mass produced retail gimmick in 1980's.
My grandfather Gerald Holtom (below) originally designed the symbol for the CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) for a march from London to Aldermaston in 1958 as symbol of protest against nuclear weapons. Having been a conscientious objector in the second world war, he worked as a graphic designer and textile designer and came up with this symbol based on shipping semaphore. Though the original documents were kept and stored, he chose not to copyright the symbol, which further led to its incredible journey.
The story will be told with a combination of archive footage, and personal interviews from around the world.
Here is a teaser video I made with Leila Jarman in 2011.
Gerald Holtom, Spring 1958. Making banners for the CND Easter weekend march.