Take Action Around 'A World Not Ours'
Convene a teach-in on current U.S. and United Nations policies regarding the status of Palestinian refugees. Let your elected representatives know your own views on the issue.
Include the film in a training workshop for psychologists and social workers. Focus the workshop on identifying stressors that lead to violence and ways to help people who have been raised in violent communities to heal.
Use the film as a writing prompt and write/tell your own story about a return to your hometown for a visit. Compare your story with Fleifel's story and with the stories of others in your group, paying special attention to the role that citizenship plays in people's experiences.
Organize a study circle to research and report on the current status of competing political groups in Ain el-Helweh (e.g., the Palestinian Authority and Fatah and Jund al-Sham).
Get informed about the issues in the film and lead a discussion in your community.
This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use A World Not Ours to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively.
The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Rather than attempting to address them all, choose one or two that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to consider taking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.
For more detailed event planning and facilitation tips, visit www.pbs.org/pov/engage.
This list of fiction and nonfiction books, compiled by Brandy Sanchez of Daniel Boone Regional Library, provides a range of perspectives on the issues raised by the POV documentary A World Not Ours.