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The War Prayer Pt. 2

Markos Kounalakis directed and produced the 14-minute short film based on “The War Prayer” by Mark Twain. Mark Twain wrote a poem where a society beseeches God for victory in war. A prophet appears. God can grant the prayer, but the consequence is the horrific torture that war inflicts on a defeated nation. The prophet is ignored and written off as a lunatic. “The War Prayer” was first printed in 1916 in Harpers Monthly during the middle of World War I. The horrors of that global conflict echoed the message of “The War Prayer,” but its lesson remained ignored.

Kounalakis assembled a fantastic team including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, narrator Peter Coyote, and Greek illustrator, Akis Dimitrakopoulos. Most of the work was volunteered without compensation.