The Crossing Borders Films Trilogy
Our documentary trilogy brings diversity in our world directly to your doorstep. The films are designed to initiate, prepare and support intergroup dialogues, practice communication skills and deepen intercultural understanding.
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Given the complexity and sensitivity of the issues raised in each of the three films, we have found it important to develop and offer what we call a ‘dialogue infrastructure’. We provide media-based awareness tools around each film. These tools enhance authenticity in order to grow skills and qualities that support constructive dialogue such as: robust empathy, openness, active listening, asking questions, and awareness of self and other.
We facilitate film screening dialogues that enable participants to first witness the film’s protagonists’ journeys around diverse issues. Following Crossing Borders facilitates structured dialogues that enable peers to explore personal reactions, emotions and experiences in an open, safe, brave and nurturing context. We also embed clips from the films in our peer-led workshops, which enable participants to observe, explore and model vital skills and character strengths.
Each film stands on its own, focusing on interactions of youth from diverse cultural, ethnical and social backgrounds while bringing specific challenges and opportunities of cross-cultural communication into the foreground. As a trilogy they cover a wide range of topics and provide multiple authentic real life examples to deepen global awareness and intercultural skills.
If you would like to arrange for a Film Screening Event, Staff Demo or Workshop, please of course be in touch.
The Power of Discovering the ‘Other’
Developed Skills: Openness, Humility, Robust Empathy, Integrity, Emotional Intelligence
Four Moroccan and four American university students travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering The Other, discover themselves. The relationships that develop through shared experiences, humor, honesty and a willingness to be challenged disarm the supposed clash of civilization between Islam and the West.
Morocco/USA, 58min Info & Trailer
The Art of Dialogue across Difference
Developed Skills: Curiosity, Coachability, Communication Skills, Intercultural Fluency, Wider Perspective
Four American and four Chinese university students travel together through Southwest China and Hong Kong. Their shared travel adventures, the emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of the world, of themselves and of styles of communication that are able to bridge cultural differences.
China/USA, 66min Info & Trailer
The Potential of Interracial Dialogue
Developed Skills: Courage, Critical Thinking, Responsibility, Social Intelligence, Conflict Facilitation
American Textures follows six young Americans of Black, White and Latino origin on a road trip through diverse communities in the southern United States to confront race through dialogue. The journey pushes them to risk sharing their own stories, struggles and hopes.
USA/UK, 78min Info & Trailer
Our character driven films are designed to inspire your participants to practice vital human skills such as curiosity, robust empathy, and active listening.Arnd Wächter, Director, CB Film Trilogy
A subscription to our media library includes film excerpts from our trilogy that serve your classroom or community. You can review the films today as a home video, before purchasing a license for film screening events for your group.
Home Video $5, One Time Screening $150, Annual License $250 Purchase