Take Action Around 'The Law in These Parts'
- Invite a local judge or panel of judges to discuss the film and the job judges do. If possible, involve military lawyers and judges to share the differences between military jurisprudence and the civilian system.
- Stage mock trials on the issues raised in the film.
- Invite Palestinians and Israelis to share stories about their relationship to the land and their families' experiences during and after Israel's wars.
- Convene a community conversation about your country's relationship to international law and policies covering issues raised in the film (e.g., detention without charges, classified evidence, defining "enemy combatants"). Include a discussion about what happens to the legal system in a nation that is in a perennial state of war (the so-called War on Terror in the United States is one example). For a U.S. audience, you might consider discussing the military commissions at Guantánamo Bay.
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 The Law in These Parts 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.
This list of fiction and nonfiction books, compiled by Brandy Sanchez of the Daniel Boone Regional Library, provides a range of perspectives on the issues raised by the POV documentary The Law in These Parts.