originally published 2014.
One of the great powers of film is its ability to spark conversation that is both challenging and compassionate. This enables participants to leverage the kind of transformative learning that’s crucial for cultural diversity training. But how do you choose a film that’s right for your goals? Read on for our series of tips on how to select a film resource to support your equity efforts.
Tip #4: Choose A Film That Can Adapt To Available Resources “We’d love to engage with this subject thoroughly – but we only have an hour to fit it in!” Screening of a full-length film can be a wonderful launching pad for conversation, and an immersive introduction to the topic of racial equity. But what if full-length is simply not an option, given the time constraints or learning goals of an organization?
When that same film can be viewed in segments, or even two-minute story clips, it becomes a versatile, cost-effective resource that can support different kinds of events and learning needs across a wide range of applications. These include, but are not limited to:
· Theatrical event screenings · Academic course content · Staff trainings and professional development · Workshops · Ongoing study groups, and more.
The Takeaway The right film will be adaptable and versatile, so that it offers a customizable solution. After all: it’s not just there for its own sake. Ultimately, a film is a powerful tool - primarily for its ability to help people talk about race. It should support an organization in reaching its goals of transformation through dialogue and learning, resulting in a resilient and interconnected community.
World Trust's films are flexible and highly interactive. For more information on how they can be used, check out our racial equity workshop formats here.