Photograph courtesy Crossing Borders Films
Our current world situation is largely shaped by cross-cultural tensions, while our survival depends on intercultural understanding. Countries and ethnic groups are unable to tackle issues of environment, poverty, or globalization on their own. This collection, produced in partnership with Crossing Borders Films, is designed to empower a new generation who understand the complexities of cross-cultural conflicts and have the capabilities, commitment, and grit to address them.
The collection begins with several segments from the documentaries Crossing Borders and American Textures, produced by Crossing Borders Films, and The Dialogue, created by Crossing Borders Films and co-produced by Michigan State University. In addition to the video clips, the collection, for grades 6-12+, includes a rich selection of related activities, reference materials, maps, and a variety of other resources. Use the resources to reach students on a personal level—to empower them to see the world from different perspectives and realize their opportunities and responsibilities as global citizens.
In these Crossing Borders Films video clips, we get to know young people of diverse cultures who travel and live together—overcoming cultural stereotypes, opening lines of communication, and learning about others and themselves.
Follow the journey of four American and four Moroccan students in Morocco as they explore the power of cross-cultural friendships in confronting barriers between American and Muslim cultures.
Join four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China—deepening their understanding of one another, communication skills, and their abilities to bridge cultural differences.
Listen to the conversations of six American youth of Latino, Caucasian and African American backgrounds traveling and living together in the southern U.S. as they struggle with developing understanding in the face of racial and cultural divides.
This page is created around the intercultural documentaries of Crossing Borders Films (CBF). CBF is dedicated to enhancing conflict mediation skills and deepening intercultural understanding through films about the interactions of youth from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. CBF is an initiative of Crossing Borders Education, a UK non-profit organization for cross-cultural education.
Learn more about Crossing Borders Films here
The Authority for Community and Youth, part of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, works to deepen the involvement and connections between the university and different communities and populations across Israel.
The Coexist Foundation works globally to build religious literacy and encourage cross-cultural understanding.