The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics has adopted the award winning
documentary Encounter Point
as the keystone of its 2008 Middle East peace education project.
Thanks to a generous grant from a community supporter, The Raoul Wallenberg
Institute of Ethics has recently purchased 200 copies Encounter
Point produced by Just Vision.
In the film, director Ronit Avni introduces us to dozens of everyday heroes,
courageous Israelis and Palestinians working together to make co-existence
and reconciliation a reality.
Accompanying the film are well researched, highly structured Community
and Classroom Screening Guides with lesson plans designed to underscore
the efficacy of nonviolent communication which is at the heart of Encounter
Point. The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics is first in
the nation to work with the film and its adjunct curriculum on a city-wide
scale. The project entails screening the thought provoking film for spiritual
leaders, religious school directors, community activists and educators
to show how the healing power of cooperation is indeed possible even in
the face of the most tragic personal losses. After viewing the film audiences
are inspired by the merit of its message, which is to embrace the preservation
of human dignity. It is our goal to assist community leaders in obtaining
the film for educational use and to facilitate the implementation of the
Point curriculum into classrooms and civic spaces throughout Southern
California. More information about Encounter Point including links
to the screening guides for download, can be found at: www.encounterpoint.com.
Point was first screened for community leaders and activists at Santa
Monica City College on November 18, 2007 with over 125 in the audience
from UCLA, HUC, Brit Tzedek'v Shalom, Leo Baeck Temple, Malibu Synagogue,
Stephen S.Wise Temple, members of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and
the Topanga Peace Alliance and others. Many more screenings will
be held over the coming year here in the Los Angeles area. Please
contact Rebecca Tobias
if you would like to arrange a screening for your classroom or community
the world, Encounter Point is inspiring audiences to look beyond
the mainstream media's portrayal of violence and militancy and inviting
us to witness first-hand the untold stories of ordinary people working
to build peace from the ground up, circumstance by circumstance.
Southern California audiences will also be given the opportunity to participate
in a Wallenberg hosted interfaith dialog web
project. The central theme of that dialog will be, "What is the true
meaning of the Holy Land to those of your Faith?" As the project
evolves and grows, we hope to begin to invite and include others who are
screening the film across the globe to introduce and encourage audiences
to take part in the on-going online Wallenberg Middle East Peace Dialog.
In this way we can build an inter-cultural global interfaith network around
the concept of nonviolence and nonviolent resistance using
Point as a catalyst.
Please join us in encouraging the life affirming efforts of those working
diligently to foster a just peace in the middle east. Beyond today's seemingly
insurmountable conflicts lies a future alive with promise.
Institute of Ethics
See our Encounter
Point Links, our Los
Angeles Interfaith Links and our Middle
East Related Links.
(Middle East Peace Logo thanks to Sandy Chaves.)