Award winning film about Nobel Peace Prize Winner Betty Williams to have UK premiere in Winchester

28th October 2019

Press Release

On Monday 29th October at the University of Winchester, PeaceJam UK will be hosting the UK premiere of PeaceJam’s latest film ‘Contagious Courage’ which focuses on the life and story of Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams.


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The film screening will be followed by a  discussion with Phillip Clarke- the Chair of Veterans for Peace, whose views on war were altered after serving in Northern Ireland within the Intelligence Corps.


Sara Belhay, Project Officer for PeaceJam UK said, “Northern Ireland is very topical at the moment due to Brexit and the uncertainty around the soft/hard border issue. It is important for the younger generation to understand the history of Northern Ireland and commit to ensuring a long-lasting and sustainable peace. Betty Williams is a great role model because she demonstrates that anyone can make a difference!”


The event starts at 7pm and is free for schools, staff and students at the University of Winchester and £10 for external guests. Raffle tickets will be sold on the night to raise money for the PeaceJam UK annual youth conference. Attendees should register via the University online store.


Since 2015, the University of Winchester has hosted PeaceJam UK’s annual youth conferences that are attended by 300 young people from across the country. The conference provides students with the unique opportunity to meet and hear one of our inspirational Nobel Peace Laureates talk about the barriers they overcame in pursuing peace. The film screening will build awareness and excitement for the next PeaceJam UK  youth conference, 9-10 March 2019, with Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams –


Notes to the editor

For any further information, please contact Sara Belhay on 07938616645 or on


PeaceJam is an international education programme for schools and youth groups and is unique as it is the only educational programme working directly with Nobel Peace Laureates. PeaceJam itself has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize eight times.  Our aims are to teach and inspire a new generation to be active citizens and agents for change.


Other points of interest

  • Previous PeaceJam conference speakers in Winchester and Bradford include Nobel Peace Prize winners Jody Williams of the USA, Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala and Shirin Ebadi of Iran.
  • The PeaceJam Foundation started the Nobel Legacy film series in 2014 to document the lives of our 14 inspirational Nobel Peace Laureates. ‘Betty Williams: Contagious Courage’ is the 5th film in the series. Previous films include: ‘Desmond Tutu: Children of the Light’, ‘Adolfo Perez Esquivel: Rivers of Hope’, ‘Rigoberta Menchu Tum: Daughter of the Maya’ and ‘Oscar Arias: Without A Shot Fired’