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Most Highly Recommended Resources

These resources are recommended highly by NCDD for many reasons. Some are highly regarded by practitioners or scholars. Some have caused a buzz in the field. Some have proven themselves to be highly effective when put into practice. And some are just the best resources of their kind. As these distinctions are highly subjective, we are open to your feedback and ideas for other resources we should recommend.

Here are all of the resources in this category that NCDD recommends most highly.

Circles of Change: A Quiet Revolution in Haiti Highly Recommended

Produced and directed by Jane Regan and Daniel Morel/Wozo Productions in collaboration with Beyond Borders.

Learn how Beyond Borders promotes participatory learning and leadership by viewing Circles of Change, a 20-minute DVD/VHS video documentary about the grassroots movement that is transforming notions and practices in education and leadership in Haiti and beyond. Through Open Space and Touchstones Discussions (Reflection Circles), the seeds of change are being planted among a new generation of Haitian leaders.

Resource Link: http://www.circlesofchange.com

Deliberative Democracy Meets Dispute Resolution (DVD): Reflections and Insights from the 2005 Workshop on Deliberative Democracy and Dispute Resolution Highly Recommended

Carri Hulet (producer), under the supervision of Lawrence Susskind. Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, 2006.

The Workshop on Deliberative Democracy and Dispute Resolution was a two-day conference held in June 2005 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The event brought together 30 individuals who share a common interest in civic engagement, but represent two distinct fields that approach the project very differently. One group included public dispute resolution professionals; the other, political theorists and innovative practitioners of deliberative democracy. This 2.5-hour DVD attempts to capture the most interesting moments of dialogue from this workshop in order to illustrate the overlaps and divisions of opinion both between and within the respective fields.

Resource Link: http://www.pon.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=394

Dialogue at Washington High Highly Recommended

Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group, San Mateo, California, 2007.

This 43-minute DVD shows a Jew and a Palestinian modeling how to connect with the "other" beginning with personal Story. Tenth grade high school students then engage each other in dyads with a new quality of listening, and the diverse youth speak about their new way of communicating. Len and Libby Traubman are distributing DVDs of their films “Dialogue at Washington High” and “PEACEMAKERS: Palestinians & Jews Together at Camp” at no charge to whoever will use them.

Resource Link: http://traubman.igc.org/vidschool.htm

Montgomery Co Public Schools Study Circles Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Montgomery County Study Circles, 2006.

This 6-minute video highlights the efforts of Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Study Circles Program to address racism and student achievement in the district's schools and community. Includes Spanish subtitles.

Resource Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iusbihd0qK8&NR;=1

PEACEMAKERS: Palestinians & Jews Together at Camp Highly Recommended

Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group & Camp Tawonga, California, USA, 2007.

This 83-minute film shows how a Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue and an 85-year-old camp bought together in the California mountains 140 Muslims, Jews and Christians of all ages, including some from Israel and Palestine. They discover one another and their ability to communicate and cooperate in new ways. Back down the mountain, they hold a public event in San Francisco to tell the community about their struggles and breakthroughs. Len and Libby Traubman are distributing DVDs of their films “Dialogue at Washington High” and “PEACEMAKERS: Palestinians & Jews Together at Camp” at no charge to whoever will use them.

Resource Link: http://traubman.igc.org/vidcamp.htm

Talking Peace Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Mark Freeman, Producer, Writer, Director and Editor.

The cycle of violence in the Middle East may seem to have no end, but in San Diego Jews and Palestinians have united despite the odds. The documentary film “Talking Peace” takes viewers inside the Jewish Palestinian Living Room Dialogue and tells a compelling story of two sides coming together through the simple act of listening. In the living room of Jim Rauch, a Jew, and his wife Doris Bittar, an Arab, the stage has been set to create an alternative to living with hatred. In their home, Jews and Palestinians share their stories and their pain governed by only one rule: to truly listen to each other.

Resource Link: http://www.cinemaguild.com

The Letter: An American Town and the 'Somali Invasion' Highly Recommended

Directed by Ziad H. Hamzeh. Produced by Ziad H. Hamzeh, Bert Brown, and Marc Sandler, 2003.

This 76-minute documentary film tells the story of 1,100 Somalian immigrants who relocated to Lewiston, Maine. At first the immigrants were welcomed, but soon fear and distrust broke out amongst the townspeople. Tensions erupted after the mayor sent a letter to the immigrants requesting that they tell their friends and family not to move into the town. The mayor claimed that the newcomers were straining town services. The conflict escalated into competing “hate” and “peace” rallies held simultaneously and separated by only a few miles. "The Letter" could help dialogue programs raise awareness in their communities about how racism and immigration intersect. The film could also help planners decide which of these issues to address in their community.

Resource Link: http://www.hamzehmystiquefilms.com/theletter/

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