Good films explain the world to us. Great films show us how to make it better. Crossing Borders is a wonderful film that deepens intercultural empathy.Mark Bauman, EVP National Geographic TV
At a time of world tensions four American and four Moroccan students will travel and live together. Sharing experiences – Encountering the ‘Other’ – Discovering themselves.
Crossing Borders, a 70 minute documentary by Crossing Borders Films, follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering The Other, discover themselves. With group travels and frank discussions, the students confront the complex implications of the supposed clash of civilizations between Islam and the West. At a time when public figures spout xenophobic prose that rejects religious and national groups in their entirety, this hopeful film demonstrates the power of curiosity and empathy to triumph over fear and judgment when people are willing to open their hearts and minds to new ways of seeing each Other and the world. The relationships formed through shared experiences contrast sharply with the media-shaped views Americans and Muslims have of each other. Humor, honesty and a willingness to be challenged all bring individuals closer to each other and the relationships that develop disarm hidden stereotypes.
Crossing Borders is a truly powerful tool to support positive social change and to empower students to think beyond borders.Missy Gluckmann, Founder, Melibee Global
Crossing Borders was featured in the New York Times and screened at 14 international film festivals including:
- Illinois International Film Festival (Winner: “Best International Feature Documentary”)
- Honolulu Film Festival (Winner:“Gold Kahuna Award”)
- Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Selected for educational screenings in 14 cities across Greece, funded by the Greek Ministry of Education.)
- DocMiami International Film Festival
- Awareness Festival Los Angeles
- Charlotte Film Festival
- FILManthropy Festival
- Kids First Film Festival
- Utopia Film Festival (Winner: “Utopia Visions Award”)
- Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival
- Los Angeles Global Film Festival (Winner: “Best Documentary”)
Crossing Borders is a revolutionary film that brings the pressing global issue of interfaith relations out of the bias-filled news media directly to my generation.Student Kendra Lima, Merrimack College
Crossing Borders aims to grow social skills such as critical thinking and intercultural empathy, which enable students to communicate across cultural differences. It comes with facilitation tools that support initiating honest conversations to strengthen a Culture of Dialogue on campuses. Discover the intercultural vision of Crossing Borders in the Director’s Statement and explore the other films of our Intercultural Trilogy called The Dialogue and American Textures.
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Crossing Borders makes you want to get up and be proactive and fight for people who have less opportunities.Student Kelsey Binne, Northern Virginia Community College