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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.

“Building Bridges Through Interfaith Dialogue and Youth Participation” was the theme of the citizen-to-citizen workshops that provided tools for successful communication across old chasms of fear and separation. It was initiated by the New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation of Jos, Nigeria, with facilitation by travelers from the co-sponsor 18-year-old Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group of San Mateo, California, USA.

The African young adults returned home with new tools of dialogue and its new quality of listening-to-learn. The hope was to unleash unprecedented cooperation and creativity needed to build successful, sustainable families, schools, communities, and nations.

– From the video’s description at the Internet Archive.

Dialogue In Nigeria:  Muslims & Christians Creating Their Future

This hopeful documentary gives voices and faces to 200 courageous Muslims and Christians – diverse young women and men – who united successfully in Jos, central Nigeria. Refusing to be enemies, they are together during days and evenings of the 2010 International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communication. They are tense yet excited to finally cross lines of religion, economics, tribe, and gender to transcend the status quo and discover empathy for each other’s personal life experiences. Together they realize that “an enemy is one whose story we have not heard,” while listening-to-learn and thus dignifying themselves and the “others.” Face to face and in small circles, they begin with ice-breakers and continue in depth to discover one another’s equal humanity – fear, grief, needs, hopes, and concrete plans for a shared future. These determined young Nigerians illustrate how others worldwide can successfully connect and communicate to create authentic community.

– From the DVD description.

The video is available on DVD from producers or viewable online at the Internet Archive.

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