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How long is Refusing to be Enemies?
What format is available for screenings?
Is the DVD available for purchase?
Is there curriculum to accompany the movie?
Is there a companion guide? If so, what does it include?
If I pay for a public screening, do I get to keep a copy of the film
How will Refusing to be Enemies help me with my screening event?
Is Refusing to be Enemies appropriate for children?
I would like to organize a screening on my college or university campus. How can I do this?
I am an educator and would like to show the film to my class.
I want to reach out to other groups to co-sponsor the screening. How can I do this?
I would like to have a community screening. How can I do this?
What do you recommend as a program to follow the screening?
How do I invite the filmmaker to my screening?
How do I invite members of Zeitouna to my screening?
How can I issue payments?

How long is Refusing to be EnemiesThe film runs 58 minutes. It was intentionally this length to suit a classroom setting leaving some time afterwards for discussion.

What format is available for screenings? Loan or purchase of a DVD. Download screening request form.

Is the DVD available for purchase?  Yes! Visit the DVD Page of this website.

Is there curriculum to accompany the movie?  Refusing to Be Enemies is currently working with a variety of experts---secondary school teachers, university professors and professional dialogue facilitators---to develop a comprehensive companion guide for the movie. Different sections will serve different audiences. Secondary teachers are targeted users of the movie and their section will include sample lesson plans that support middle school and high school curriculum. Sections will become available as they are completed. To be contacted about availability of the companion guide, email refusingtobeenemies@gmail.com

Is there a companion guide? If so, what does it include? The vision for the companion guide is that different sections will serve different audiences. For example, a general audience will get questions for a structured discussion following the movie. Other audiences might be secondary school classrooms linking the movie to world history, world geography, conflict resolution, comparative religions, etc. Other audiences may be peace groups, womens studies departments, etc..

If I pay for a public screening, do I get to keep a copy of the film?  No. The screening fee only gives you public performance rights for one specific screening. If you plan to show the movie publicly, permission is required and a fee for performance rights must be paid. However, you are welcome to buy a copy of the DVD for personal use.

How will Refusing to be Enemies help me with my screening event?  Whenever possible, we will post the screening on our website. Free of charge, we will also provide you with electronic files of a press release, a poster, a hand-out, and evaluation/response forms that you can reproduce.

Is Refusing to be Enemies appropriate for children?  Although the movie was not intended for young audiences, it has been seen by families and young children have gotten the message that “those women thought they couldn’t like each other but they got to be friends anyway.”  On another note, for some adults the movie’s content has brought up deep emotions about childhood abandonment, abuse and other traumas. We suggest that some thought be given to this possibility when hosting a screening.

I would like to organize a screening on my college or university campus. How can I do this?
There are two ways to approach this. The most effective way is to reach out to a number of diverse student groups and academic departments to co-sponsor the event. This will disperse the financial burden, expand the publicity, and insure broader and better attendance.

I am an educator and would like to show the film to my class.
If you are a college or university professor, we encourage you to purchase the DVD for Institutional Use which gives you permission to show the movie as many times as you wish to as many students as you wish. With your consent, we will keep you informed of all developments with the companion guide. We would also greatly appreciate your feedback from using the movie with your students. Download order form for Institutional Use DVD (PDF).
If you are a single secondary teacher or media specialist, we realize that the Institutional price can be steep for most budgets. We will sell you the DVD at the personal use price, but if you feel it will be used building-wide or district-wide, we ask that you consider the institutional price. With your consent, we will keep you informed of all developments with the companion guide. We would also greatly appreciate your feedback from using the movie with your students. Download order form for Institutional Use DVD (PDF).
Download order form for PERSONAL Use DVD (PDF).

I want to reach out to other groups to co-sponsor the screening. How can I do this? We highly recommend bringing diverse audiences together to view the movie, especially Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, peace–related constituencies, as well as journalists and decision makers. Whenever possible, we will help you by letting you know about others in your geographic area who have contacted us with interest in the movie. We are committed to supporting all your grassroots efforts to build bridges within your community.

I would like to have a community screening. How can I do this?
There are several ways to bring the movie to your community.
1) Buy or rent the DVD to screen in a small community venue. This is best if you want a somewhat private event with a specific audience in mind. It works well if you have local organizations to co-sponsor the screening. It works well if you don’t use a theater and you’re interested in a one-day screening but it cannot be an event to which you charge admission.
2) Work with a local cinema to screen Refusing to Be Enemies (ideally for a run of several days). This is best if you want to bring together a diverse audience in a neutral space, if you can partner with other groups to utilize your respective networks to do extensive outreach and publicity, and if you’re confident of a strong turnout. This is an event to which you sell tickets at the box office.

What do you recommend as a program to follow the screening? in our experience, the audience needs some silence after the film and at least 5-10 minutes to digest and personally debrief  with those sitting adjacent before jumping into a Q & A or panel presentation. Providing the audience with some opportunity to speak out is important. People want to share their feelings and many want to take action. Break out groups can be effective if space allows.  Ideally, audiences appreciate having the filmmaker present for questions. See “How do I invite a filmmaker to my screening?”

How do I invite the filmmaker to my screening? Unfortunately, we cannot accept all invitations to every screening. Our filmmaker, Laurie White, is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She remains an active member of Zeitouna in addition to serving as Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Refusing to Be Enemies that is doing the work of distributing the movie, creating the companion guide, and fostering dialogue efforts. 

How can I issue payments? All checks are payable to Minerva Projects, Inc., a registered 501c3 and the fiduciary for Refusing to Be Enemies. Mail to: Minerva Projects/Refusing to Be Enemies, 1500 Westminster Place, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. Download order form for Institutional Use DVD (PDF).
Download order form for PERSONAL Use DVD (PDF).

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