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vancouver2JOHN HUNTER AND CHRIS FARINA TO OPEN PROJECTING CHANGE FILM FESTIVAL

Around a four-tiered Plexiglas structure, a group of Grade 4 students try to unscramble the interlocking problems of four imaginary countries that encompass a universe rife with ethnic and minority divisions, war, economic disparities, famine, environmental disasters — global problems.

The children are pushing their creative and intellectual boundaries by playing the World Peace Game, developed by educator John Hunter. They read from Sun Tzu’s the Art of War, form governments, strategize, trade, negotiate, mobilize armies, fight and sometimes make peace.

Winning or losing, solving global warming, achieving world peace or getting a good mark for your team is not the goal, says Hunter in a phone interview from Charlottesville, Va.

There is no end game.

“The process is the thing. What they go through is the reward. It hardly matters how they come out. The energized learning moment is the point.”

His work is captured in the Chris Farina film World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements. The classroom documentary opens the Projecting Change film festival in Vancouver on Tuesday.