Harlem Cinema with Audience Participation — Beyond Q&A, Giving Voices to Everyone
Good friends and NCDD stalwarts, Libby and Len Traubman, have been embracing the potent mix of film and dialogue to persue understanding and common ground for years now. They document their exploration on their fantastic, down-to-earth website found at www.traubman.igc.org/global.htm.
They recently shared their latest film at an event in Harlem and sent us an overview of the evening…
“One March 2012 night in Harlem, New York, we screened our new documentary of 200 brave African “enemies” exhibiting communication excellence, DIALOGUE IN NIGERIA: Muslims & Christians Creating Their Future (2012 – 65 min). That evening we learned more about maximizing the potential of cinema for (1) audience participation and (2) discovery of new social intelligence. During screening, the people were to ask themselves:
1. What in the film touched you, had meaning for you?
2. What new possibility or initiative was awakened in you?
“Post-film engagement in small groups of 3 explored those questions and was followed by whole-group assimilation with multiple wireless microphones to give voice to many in the room. This revealed much new social intelligence and shared humanity, while building community among them. It far exceeded the old-fashioned Q&A that elevates a single expert and wastes collective intelligence before people leave to go home. Much more about maximizing cinema is preserved online.”
Libby and Len Traubman