Videos that Stimulate Discussion & Inspire Action
Below is a listing of videos that depict specific dialogue and deliberation models. If you know of a video that should be added, please use our Ideas & Suggestions Form to let us know!
- Intergroup Dialogue (Various Models)
- Intragroup Dialogue
- Future Search
- National Issues Forums
- Nonviolent Communication
- Open Space
- Socratic Dialogue
- Study Circles
- Wisdom Council
- The World Caf?
You may also want to explore these videos that inspire dialogue and deliberation about intergroup relations issues and these sources for additional intergroup-related videos.
Deliberative Democracy: Re-Creating Citizen Politics.
The College of New Jersey Leadership in Public Affairs program
A 20-minute video that explains the nature of deliberative democracy, contrasts it to more typical forms of citizen participation in politics, and illustrates these points with case studies of two deliberative forums held by the Leadership in Public Affairs program at the College of New Jersey in 2001-2002. The first forum was a workshop preparing students to ask questions of the candidates during a televised debate for the 2001 New Jersey gubernatorial race. The second forum focused on the inter-linked issues of suburban sprawl and urban redevelopment and involved community members from around Mercer County, New Jersey. The video features running commentary by Harris Sokoloff, a highly-respected deliberation scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. View the video online in Real Video format at http://publicleaders.tcnj.edu/delib_tape.htm or request a copy by mail at the site.
Deliberating About Deliberative Democracy Conference video archive.
University of Texas at Austin.
Deliberating About Deliberative Democracy took place at University of Texas at Austin February 4-6, 2000. 17 of the conference sessions are viewable online with RealPlayer. Sessions cover topics such as ?Deliberation Day? and ?Deliberative Democracy and the Doctrinal Paradox,? and Jim Fishman, Amy Gutman, William Galston, Jane Mansbridge, Cynthia Farrar, John Dryzek and Cass Sunstein are among the presenters.
The Difference Deliberative Dialogue Makes: The Diversity and Community Project at Franklin Pierce College.
2002. The New England Center for Civic Life.
This 52-minute documentary video production chronicles a 4-year-old campus dialogue project on diversity issues which has engaged students, faculty and staff both in and outside the classroom in a unique type of public discourse that is patterned on the National Issue Forums. The video tells the story of how policy-oriented deliberative forums and the related practice of ?sustained dialogue? helped change a rural New England college campus from a state of racial conflict and crisis to one of increased tolerance and respect for diversity. The video captures the experience of what it is like to be a participant in these dialogue groups and explains how such experiences educate and transform those involved. $25.00 (including shipping and handling). Email Doug Challenger at for purchase instructions.
Intergroup Dialogue (Various Models)
Bridge to Baghdad.
2003. Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV). 60 minutes.
On March 1st, 2003, while world leaders met behind closed doors, 6 young Americans and 7 young Iraqis took part in a historic dialogue. At Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), a loft in lower Manhattan, and at the Orfali Art Gallery in Baghdad, these youths were able to meet face to face. Transcending time zones and national borders, they spoke freely as war approached. For more info and to purchase the program, go to www.dctvny.org/b2b/index.html. $30. A 10-minute video clip is viewable online at www.worldlinktv.org.
The Color of Fear.
1994. Lee Mun Wah. Oakland, CA: Stir-Fry Productions.
This well-known 90-minute film captures a multiracial group of eight men engaged in intense and riveting dialogue about racism. This powerful film makes clear why intergroup dialogue on racism can be difficult and why it is so necessary. A follow-up video entitled Color of Fear, Part II: Walking Each Other Home is also available. Contact Stir Fry Seminars at 1-800-370-STIR, www.stirfryseminars.com or . Each video is $460 for educational institutions, $220 for small nonprofits and $110 for individuals.
The Color of Fear II: Walking Each other Home.
Lee Mun Wah. Oakland, CA: Stir-Fry Productions.
This 55-minute sequel to The Color of Fear is about the remaining 23 hours that occurred on that incredible three-day weekend in Ukiah, California. The Color of Fear was an intense emotional confrontation about racism, whereas Walking Each Other Home explores in greater depth the intimate relationship that the eight men had with each other. In this new sequel, the European American men have added opportunities to express how they felt when the men of color were angry, why they were afraid, and what they discovered about themselves and each other as men of European descent. Winner of The Cindy Silver Medal. Contact Stir Fry Seminars at 1-800-370-STIR, www.stirfryseminars.com or . Each video is $460 for educational institutions, $220 for small nonprofits and $110 for individuals.
Healing the Heart of America.
1993. Hope in the Cities/MRA Inc.
In June of 1993, hundreds of Richmond, Virginia citizens put on their walking shoes to experience a profoundly moving tour of the racial history of their city. This 27-minute video captures the event from the perspectives of both the organizers and participants, and provides clear direction and inspiration for those working to unite their community through dialogue. 804-358-1764. $25.
MSNBC Coverage of the Jewish/Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group.
Libby and Len Traubman (the two on the right) engaged in dialogue at the 2003 Season of Light gathering in the Bay area.
Inspiring 10-minute VHS or PAL format video of recent MSNBC coverage of the Jewish/Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group convened by Libby and Len Traubman in San Mateo, California. Viewable on the web at http://traubman.igc.org/global.htm (a third of the way down the page). Email the Traubmans at for more info.
RACETALK: Collaboration Through Conversation.
This 10-minute video chronicles how a law school seminar builds trust, deals with controversy, fosters constructive conflict, and transforms participants into effective problem solvers through intergroup dialogue. Viewable at www.racetalks.org/about/index.html. Also available to view on the RaceTalks.org site is ?Police and Kids of Color: Building Community Bridges Through Theater.?
Skin Deep: College Students Confront Racism.
1995. Reid, Frances. (Producer/Director). San Francisco, CA: Resolution/California Newsreel.
This 53-minute documentary chronicles the journey of a multi-racial group of college students as they examine their own and confront each other's attitudes about race and ethnicity. This video vividly illustrates students of color and white students at different stages of racial identity and demonstrates the possibility of growth as a result of dialogue. Order Skin Deep from California Newsreel (www.newsreel.org) or Iris Films (www.irisfilms.org) for $195. Iris Films also offers two shorter versions (under 15 minutes) of the video, called Talking About Race, for $110.
Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace.
Documents the historic first encounter between Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and renowned historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dr. John Hope Franklin. On Goree Island, the infamous former slave port off the coast of Senegal in West Africa, the two meet and discover surprising truths about their personal histories and their nations' struggles for racial peace. They are joined in these conversations by an international, interracial group of 21 teenagers. Together they engage in a series of unusually candid encounters on race and begin an emotional journey towards racial reconciliation. Contact Elaine Shen, Director of Training and Partnerships, for more information (415-553-2846 or ). You can also visit www.activevoice.net.
The Visionaries Documentary.
National Association for Community Mediation.
A two-part episode from the highly successful documentary series aired on PBS. Each part is approximately 30 minutes long. Narrated by actor Sam Waterston, this video profiles three community mediation programs and a representative case from each - a victim/offender mediation, a race-relations dialogue group, and a multi-party land-use negotiation. An excellent introduction to community mediation for courts, police, and other agencies and groups. $15.00. Complete the order form at www.nafcm.org or contact Erika Acerra at 202-667-9700 x223 or .
The Way Home.
1998. Shakti Butler (Producer/Director). Oakland, CA: World Trust.
This 92-minute video powerfully depicts the 8-month dialogue experience of 64 women who came together to share their experiences of oppression through the lens of race. Separated into eight intra-group councils (Indigenous, African-American, Arab, Asian, European-American, Jewish, Latina, and Multi-Racial), the women explore their stories of identity, oppression, and resistance. The Way Home video and conversation guide is $75 for students, $99 for individuals, and $350 for institutions. Order on-line at www.world-trust.org or by phone (510-595-3322 or 877-WAY-HOME).
Note: To order any of these Future Search videos, contact Sally Theilacker at or 800-951-6333.
The Children of Southern Sudan.
Blue Sky Productions.
A 30-minute video documenting UNICEF-sponsored future searches with Sudanese children and adults to address the crisis of losing a generation of children to the turmoil of a brutal civil war, led by Sandra Janoff. $35 plus $4.95 shipping.
Discovering Community: A Future Search as a Springboard for Action in Santa Cruz County.
Blue Sky Productions.
A 30-minute video documenting a Future Search around affordable housing conducted by Sandra Janoff and Marvin Weisbord in Santa Cruz, California. Includes 18-month follow-up. $50.00 plus $4.95 shipping.
Search for Quality.
Blue Sky Productions.
A 30-minute video documenting Haworth Corporation's Future Search with 70 stakeholders, led by Marvin Weisbord. Includes follow-up interviews two years later. $50.00 plus $4.95 shipping.
National Issues Forums
A Public Voice.
Milton B. Hoffman Productions.
Each year, many public television stations around the nation air an hour-long program that features U.S. citizens deliberating in National Issues Forums around the nation. The programs also feature distinguished panels of nationally known political leaders, commentators and journalists meeting at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to reflect on what this ?public voice? may mean in setting direction for America. In 2002, the topic was ?Racial and Ethnic Tensions.? In 2001, it was ?Money and Politics.? For a list of these videos, go to www.nifi.org/catp1.html. Tapes of these programs are available for $6.50 each. To order, e-mail Ruffolo at , call 1-800-600-4060, or FAX 937-435-7367.
NIF also has a number of videos that were developed to accompany particular issue guides. As of May 2003, the following videos are available for $12 each plus shipping from Kendall Hunt Publishing (800-228-0810 or ):
- Terrorism: What Should We Do? (2002)
- Public Schools: Are They Making the Grade? (1999)
- A Nice Place to Live: Creating Communities, Fighting Sprawl (1999)
- Alcohol: Controlling The Toxic Spill (1999)
- Protecting Our Rights: What Goes On The Internet? (1998)
- At Death's Door: What Are The Choices? (1997)
- Illegal Drugs: What Should We Do Now? (1997)
- Governing America : Our Choices, Our Challenge (1996)
- Environmental Protection: A Challenge Bigger Than All Outdoors (1996)
- Mission Uncertain: Reassessing America 's Global Role (1995)
- Contested Values: Tug-Of-War In The School Yard (1994)
- The Health Care Cost Explosion: Why It's So Serious, What Should Be Done (1993)
- The Health Care Crisis: Containing Costs, Expanding Coverage (1992)
- Energy Options: Finding A Solution To The Power Predicament (1991)
- The Battle Over Abortion: Seeking Common Ground In A Divided Nation (1990)
Films by Public Agenda
Films based on the ?choice? framework from Public Agenda's National Issues Forums Discussion Guides are recommended for use as classroom aides. The titles listed below are available from the Filmakers Library. Contact them at 212-808-4980 for information on price, length, format and current availability.
- AIDS at Issue: Coping with an Epidemic
- Environment at Issue
- Crisis in the Work Force: Help Wanted
- Condition Critical: The American Healthcare Forum
- What Should We Do In School?
- Exploring Alternatives to Prison
- U.S./Soviet Relations
Note: To order any of these NVC videos, call 1-800-255-7696 (if calling within the U.S.), or by calling 818-957-9393 from anywhere. For U.S. delivery, add shipping and handling charges of $5.00 for the first item and $1.00 for each additional item. If you are outside of the U.S., call 818-957-9393 for shipping costs. You can also email or fax 818-957-1424. Go to www.cnvc.org for more details.
The Basics of Nonviolent Communication - An Introductory Training with Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.
The Center for Nonviolent Communication.
This edited one-day training shows how we can connect with others in a way that enables everyone's needs to be met through natural giving. $50.00 each (order#s: VHS nvc157, PAL nvc158).
Making Life Wonderful.
The Center for Nonviolent Communication.
Improve relationships with yourself & others by increasing fluency in Nonviolent Communication. Two-day training session in San Francisco filled with insights, examples, extended role plays, stories, & songs that will deepen your grasp of NVC. $175.00 for the set (order#: VHS nvc152, PAL nvc153). Set of 4 videotapes runs over 8 hours.
Nonviolent Communication - A Language of the Heart.
The Center for Nonviolent Communication.
An 85-minute introductory video featuring a Marshall B. Rosenberg workshop. Topics include anger, depression, focusing attention, punishment, mediation, trusting the process, connecting feelings to needs, and more. $20.00 each (order#s: VHS nvc132, PAL nvc140).
Resolving Conflicts with Children and Adults.
The Center for Nonviolent Communication.
A two-hour videotape of an evening workshop with Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D., including songs, stories, and audience participation. $35.00 each (order#s: VHS nvc117, PAL nvc136).
175-Person Open Space in a Work Setting.
1995. Peggy Holman (producer), Justin Harris (director), U.S. WEST Open Space.
This 16-minute video is available through the Open Space Institute. Email Peggy Holman at for ordering instructions.
Learning in Open Space.
1991. Anne Stadler (producer).
This 30-minute video produced by 5-time Emmy Award winner Anne Sadler introduces the viewer to the Open Space experience. $65 plus $4 shipping per copy (in the U.S.). Send order and check to Harrison Owen, 7808 River Falls Dr., Potomac, MD 20854.
Beyond Black and White: Affirmative Action in America.
1999. Fred Friendly Seminars/PBS.
This video addresses the issue of affirmative action using the Socratic dialogue method, in which a panel of sixteen experts respond to hypothetical situations posed to them by a moderator. Unable to fall back on stock speeches, the panelists role-play to decide what they would do in complicated, real-life situations where the 'right' choice is not clear. The purpose of this program is to clarify the issues, focus the key questions, and point the way to constructive solutions to problems that will assume an ever more prominent place in our public agenda. Obtain your copy from PBS Video, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314; 800-344-3337. $59.95 for institutions, $19.98 for individuals.
Note: To purchase any of these Study Circles videos, download an order form at www.studycircles.org/pdf/orderform.pdf.
Act Against Violence: A Maine Study Circle Program.
1996. Maine Public Television.
A 30-minute production documenting the final forum in the Act Against Violence Campaign. Highlights program outcomes developed by various communities. $5.00.
Americans Finding Their Voices: Community-Wide Study Circles.
This 10-minute motivational video introduces the concept of study circles, including a profile of the study circle program in Decatur, Georgia. $5.00.
Aurora, Illinois, YWCA.
A 26-minutes film featuring study circles on race. $5.00.
Calling the Roll: Study Circles for Better Schools.
1999. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.
A 19-minute video showing parents, students, teachers, school administrators, and state and local policy-makers in 15 Arkansas and Oklahoma communities carried out study circle programs. $5.00.
Story of a People: Interracial Relationships.
1995. SI Communications.
This 17-minute excerpt is part of a four-part documentary on interracial relationships which was broadcast on network affiliates across the United States. The excerpt documents a Lima, Ohio, community-wide study circle program that addresses race relations. Highlights organizers, community leaders, participants and community impact. $5.00.
Student Study Circles in Springfield, Ohio High Schools: How it works.
1997. Springfield City Schools Communications Office.
This 15-minute film documents a high school study circle program in Springfield, Ohio. Offers student and teacher perspectives on how the experience affected their values and relationships. This program is also highlighted in Teaching Tolerance.
Syracuse Study Circles: Community-Wide Dialogue.
A 5-minute testimonial to study circles on race. $5.00.
Toward a More Perfect Union : An Invitation to Conversation.
1996. Arcadia Pictures.
This 23-minute film was created as a companion piece to the study circle discussion guide Toward a More Perfect Union In an Age of Diversity: A Guide for Building Stronger Communities through Public Dialogue. Available through the Study Circles Resource Center only when used as part of a community-wide study circle program. All other users must call Arcadia Film Library, 201-652-1989. $5.00.
Clips from the Rogue Valley Wisdom Council
A 22-minute video of the November 2003 Rogue Valley Wisdom Council. In a series of excerpted clips, the viewer can watch the process unfold as the Wisdom Council panelists grapple with issues and find common ground. This is a fascinating, moving video that allows viewers to see why every one of the panelists said the experience was very strong and worthwhile and should be continued. You can view the video online as "streaming video" that uses the RealPlayer media viewer. Click here to view it with RealPlayer (which can be downloaded at www.real.com if you don?t have it). You can also find a link to the video at www.rvwc.org, along with additional information, links and photos.
The World Caf?
On Dialogue and Reflection.
Narrated by Juanita Brown; Music by Michael Jones.
This video offers an evocative visual journey which creates the space for reflective conversation in group settings. World Caf? Conversations are an intentional way to create a living network of conversation around questions that matter. A Caf? Conversation is a creative process for leading collaborative dialogue, sharing knowledge and creating possibilities for action in groups of all sizes. Available from or by calling Whole Systems Associates at 415-381-3368. $20.