Diversity Video Library
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Beyond Our Differences
Publisher: Entropy Films
Runtime: 72 mins
Beyond Our Differences provides a tapestry of distinct voices and viewpoints regarding spirituality, woven with one universal expression of hope. By providing such a variety of experiences against the backdrop of rich landscapes and religious images, it is the hope that individual viewers will understand this unified message of hope and will become empowered through their own expression of faith to impact positive change in their lives and the lives of others.
The film gives hope by exploring past and present religious-inspired movements that have resulted in positive change. In addition to documenting the work of great leaders such as Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama we will also follow several modern-day visionaries whose faith have afforded them the courage to promote social change.
Children of Abraham
Publisher: Compassionate Listening Project
Runtime: 36 mins
"Children of Abraham compellingly documents the profound possibilities within a society in which friends and enemies alike attune themselves to the voice of the other. It should serve as an urgent reminder of how badly we transgress and how much we forfeit when we dismiss the power of listening as too simple. This is not a promotion of a naive quick fix, but rather a call to the wrenching but essential heroism that Jewish tradition says inheres in making one's enemy into one's friend."
Rabbi Gordon Tucker
In January of 1998, twenty-two Jewish Americans traveled to Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of Mid East Citizen Diplomacy's Compassionate Listening Project. Children of Abraham is a 34-minute broadcast-quality documentary which chronicles this journey.
The film follows the Jewish participants as they visit with and listen to Israelis and Palestinians - from leaders to refugees, and seek to understand the complexities of religious, political and human rights issues. Participants include Jewish leaders and professionals ranging from secular to observant.
This stunning documentary introduces the Compassionate Listening reconciliation model, and humanizes each Israeli and Palestinian portrayed. The film delivers a compelling message that conflict can be transformed through the simple act of listening.
Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain
Publisher: Unity Productions Foundation & Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Runtime: 116 mins
A thousand years ago in the sun washed lands of Souther Spain, Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together and thrived. Their cultures and beliefs intertwined and the knowledge of the ancients was gathered and reborn. Here were the very seeds of the Renaissance. But this world too quickly vanished. Greed, fear and intolerance swept it away. Puritanical judgements and absolutism snuffed out the light of learning. Within a few centuries, the fragile union of these people dissipated like smoke. The time of tolerance was lost forever. What can we learn from this time? Must history repeat itself?
BONUS MATERIAL: Lesson plans and facilitator's guides for futher exploring Islamic Spain.
Crossing the Lines
Publisher: Compassionate Listening Project
Runtime: 28 mins
Crossing the Lines contains interviews with Israelis and Palestinians filmed during the Compassionate Listening Delegations
Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Trinity Church of Christ, National Press Club Morning News Maker 4/28/08
Publisher: Federal News Service
Runtime: 53 mins
National press club speaker breakfast with the reverend dr. Jeremiah Wright, senior pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois topic: the African-American religious experience moderator: Donna Leinwand, reporter, USA today, and vice president of the national press club location: the national press club, Washington, D.C. time: 9:00 a.m. EDT date: Monday, April 28, 2008
The Sun Behind The Clouds
Publisher: Zeitgeist Films
Runtime: 79 Minutes
Languages: English, Tibetan & Mandarin
A provocative and potent look at The Dalai Lama's ceaseless struggle for justice recognition for the Tibetan people, The Sun Behind The Clouds focuses on the pivotal and particularly tumultuous events of 2008. From Buddhist monks' protest in Lhasa on the 50th anniversary of the Chinese invasion and the four-month march of exiled Tibetans through India to the Tibetan border, to the Beijing Olympics and the raucous talks between the Dalai Lama's representatives and the Chinese government, the film uncovers the growing rifts between younger Tibetans and their most respected spiritual leader.
While His Holiness advocates for the political autonomy within China rather than secession from it, a younger generation within Tibet has grown impatient and begun to chart a more confrontational course. Following the Dalai Lama's political life with unprecedented personal access, Tibetan filmmaker Tenzing Sonam and co-director Ritu Sarin, bring an impassioned focus to the myriad complexities in fining a peaceful solution based on compromise and dialogue.