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Videos, films and sources for great films that inspire dialogue and deliberation on challenging topics.

Educational Resource on The Secret World of Trafficking

Network for Peace through Dialogue creates opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in constructive conversation in an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect. During the 2011-2012 period, human trafficking was one issue addressed in the Network’s program titled “Dialogue–Not Argument.” A new educational resource on sex trafficking, “Modern Slavery: The Secret World of Trafficking,” is now available for purchase. It includes a DVD, background information and an outline for discussion and  features a passionate anti-trafficking activist, Sr. Eugenia Bonetti. It is an excellent tool […] (continue)

Documentary on the 2010 Intl Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communication

A documentary is available featuring a several-day-long dialogue process held in Nigeria in October 2010. 200 Muslim and Christian youth met in a safe place in Nigeria for several days of face-to-face, in-depth dialogue experiences. The women and men discovered their equal, shared humanity and that "an enemy is one whose story we have not heard." It was part of the 2nd International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communication in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. (continue)

“Hawo’s Dinner Party” Video

“Hawo’s Dinner Party” is a resource to support conversations and actions around building bridges between refugees from Muslim majority countries and receiving communities in the U.S. in the lead up to the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. This 30-minute DVD will serve as a tool for service providers, grassroots community groups and employers nationwide that are helping to integrate newcomers with unique needs, often against considerable obstacles. NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. Contact sahar@activevoice.net to learn more. (continue)

No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront the Achievement Gap (documentary film)

This post includes details on a new National Issues Forums documentary film on how schools can use deliberation to uncover the best ways for them to address the achievement gap. The film will be aired on PBS stations around the country in 2011, and you can (1) request a free copy of the film and (2) help make sure your local PBS station airs the film. (continue)

YouTube Playlists of Dialogue & Deliberation Videos

NCDD’s director Sandy Heierbacher created a number of public playlists on YouTube in June 2009, featuring some great, short videos that show and/or introduce people to dialogue and deliberation. The playlists, which are added to regularly, can be found at www.youtube.com/user/sheierbacher/playlists. Hundreds of YouTube videos are now organized on these public playlists, which are periodically updated: About Dialogue & Deliberation (people talking about D&D) Dialogue & Deliberation in Practice (features clips of actual D&D) Dialogue & Deliberation Events (covers specific projects and events) Absolute Favorite D&D Videos […] (continue)

Crossing Arizona documentary

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law the “nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration,” (NY Times, April 23, 2010), which aims to identify and deport illegal immigrants from the state. Highly controversial, the immigration issue has been a hotly-debated topic in Arizona politics in particular over the past few decades. Rarely is this debate more thoroughly examined than in the award-winning film, CROSSING ARIZONA, a critical tool in educating students to all sides of this debate. CROSSING ARIZONA, Directed by Joseph Mathew & Daniel DeVivo […] (continue)

Many Religions, One Community: Lessons from Islamic Spain for Today’s World Choicework guide

We live today in an increasingly globalized society where different cultures and faiths are brought into closer contact than ever before. This situation presents both extraordinary possibilities for cross-cultural understanding and profound challenges. While greater opportunities exist for the blending and sharing of cultures, longstanding tensions across cultures and faiths remain. In some cases these tensions may be more intense precisely because the boundaries between cultures and faiths are thinner and more porous than ever before. This Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the question: What […] (continue)

Talking Peace

The cycle of violence in the Middle East may seem to have no end, but in San Diego Jews and Palestinians have united despite the odds. The documentary film 'Talking Peace' takes viewers inside the Jewish Palestinian Living Room Dialogue and tells a compelling story of two sides coming together through the simple act of listening. In the living room of Jim Rauch, a Jew, and his wife Doris Bittar, an Arab, the stage has been set to create an alternative to living with hatred. In their home, Jews and Palestinians share their stories and their pain governed by only one rule: to truly listen to each other. (continue)

Last Chance for Eden Part 2

Last Chance for Eden 2 is a documentary about nine women and men who spend a weekend together in Ukiah, California confronting the issues of sexism on their lives and relationships. As each of the participants shares what it was like in their families of origin, what becomes apparent is how much their lives were affected by their parents' attitudes and behaviors. Many talked about what it was like growing up in an abusive family and the scars that later haunted them as they struggled with how to reckon with those experiences in their adult relationships. (continue)

The Letter: An American Town and the ‘Somali Invasion’

This 76-minute documentary film tells the story of 1,100 Somalian immigrants who relocated to Lewiston, Maine. At first the immigrants were welcomed, but soon fear and distrust broke out amongst the townspeople. Tensions erupted after the mayor sent a letter to the immigrants requesting that they tell their friends and family not to move into the town. The mayor claimed that the newcomers were straining town services. The conflict escalated into competing 'hate' and 'peace' rallies held simultaneously and separated by only a few miles. "The Letter" could help dialogue programs raise awareness in their communities about how racism and immigration intersect. The film could also help planners decide which of these issues to address in their community. (continue)

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