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Midnight Traveler: Discussion Guide

Using This Guide

This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is designed to support facilitators who want to nurture the power of human connection and for people who want to use Midnight Traveler 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 actively listening.

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 the needs and interests of your community. Be sure to leave time for participants to consider what taking action might look like in relationship to the topics addressed in your discussion. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.

About the authors

Faith Rogow

Faith Rogow, Ph.D., is the co-author of The Teacher's Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World (Corwin, 2012) and past president of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. She has written discussion guides and lesson plans for more than 250 independent films.