In the early 1970s Padraig O’Malley ran a bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts, while nursing an alcohol problem. During his recovery process, O’Malley became obsessed with international diplomacy; if war is a kind of addiction, he thought, perhaps peace could be accomplished by similar means to recovery from other addictions. Since then O’Malley has been instrumental in bringing peace to Northern Ireland, South Africa, and elsewhere. James Demo’s stunning documentary captures O’Malley late in his career, as he surveys his accomplishments and struggles to accept his own limits.
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