Audio/Video Resources

Films

For films by the Pluralism Project and its affiliates, please see our Films page.

Film Date TRT Tradition(s) Cost Study Guide? Producer/Director Description
Acting on Faith: Women’s New Religious Activism in America 2005 43 Interfaith
Muslim
Hindu
Buddhism
$40 Yes Rachel Antell “Offers an intimate look at the lives and work of three American women – one Buddhist, one Hindu, and one Muslim – for whom faith, activism, and identity are deeply intertwined.”
American Made 2003 25 Sikh $15 No Atomic 5 Productions An American Sikh family’s car breaks down in the middle of the desert.
America’s New Religious Landscape 2003 60 Interfaith $149 inst. use No Religion and Ethics Newsweekly “Stories, perspectives, interviews, and images featured in this program culled from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly offer an opportunity for informed dialogue about encountering [diverse] religions, both ancient and new, and appreciating their complexity.”
Becoming the Buddha in LA 1993 57 Buddhism $20 No WGBH “Becoming the Buddha in L.A. chronicles and explores growing religious diversity in the United States with a focus on Buddhism. At the same time, the program offers an overview of the origins of Buddhist traditions, revealing the historical and cultural context from which it has risen.”
Born in the USA: Muslim Americans 2003 60 Muslim $20 No Soliman Productions “Challenges the misrepresentation of Muslims in America. It follows a Muslim American doctor and teacher in a post-9/11 world.”
Building Bridges of Understanding: An Interfaith Response to September 11th
(See Pluralism Project research report)
2002 74 Interfaith $20 Yes California Council of Churches Part of a curriculum study guide on 6 world religions, responding to the outbreaks of violence after 9/11.
Dastaar: Defending Sikh Identity
2005 13 Sikh $25 home use, $50 inst. (Video can be purchased by emailing alsolikelife@gmail.com.) No Also Like Life Productions, Kevin Lee “Presents the Sikh American community’s struggle with discrimination and violence caused by an essential symbol of the Sikh faith—the dastaar, or turban.”
Dialogue at Washington High 2007 43 Jewish/
Palestinian
Free No Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Study Group “A Jewish and a Palestinian exemplar model how to connect with the ‘other’ beginning with personal story. Tenth grade high school students then engage each other in dyads with a new quality of listening.”
Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath 2006 Sikh N/A No Valarie Kaur “When a turbaned Sikh man is brutally murdered in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, a college student journeys across America to discover who counts as ‘one of us’ in a world divided into ‘us’ and ‘them.’”
Frontline: Muslims 2002 120 Muslim $25 No Frontline, PBS “The world’s fastest growing religion, Muslim face distrust by outsiders, a situation exacerbated by the events of September 11. Frontline takes you into their veiled world, exploring Islam’s religious, historical, and cultural roots in a report filmed in Egypt, Malaysia, Iran, Turkey, Nigeria, and the US.”
In the Footsteps of Our Forefathers 2000 60 Zoroastrian $35 home, $105 inst. No Tenaz Dubash “Follows 35 young American Zoroastrians as they travel through Iran, the homeland of their religion.”
In the Light of Reverence: Protecting America’s Sacred Lands 2001 73 Native American $30 Yes Bullfrog Films “Explores conflict over land use “in three places considered sacred by native peoples: Mt. Shasta in California, the Colorado Plateau in the Southwest, and Devils’ Tower in Wyoming.”
Jews and Buddhism: Belief Amended, Faith Revealed 1999 40 Judaism
Buddhism
$25 No Bill Chayes and Isaac Solotaroff “Examines the dramatic surge of interest among American Jews in the spiritual teachings of Buddhism.”
Kentucky Author Forum Presents: A Conversation with Karen Armstrong 2004 Interfaith $25 No Kentucky Author Forum Interview with Karen Armstrong by Robert Siegel of NPR. Kickoff even for the Louisville Festival of Faiths 2004.
Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet 2002 116 Muslim $30 No Kikim Media and Unity Productions Foundation “The story of the seventh century prophet who changed world history in 23 years and continues to shape the lives of more than 1.2 billion people.”
North of 49 2003 Sikh $30 VHS, $35 DVD No Richard Breyer and David Coryell “The story of how four unsuspecting teenagers burnt down the Gobind Sadan Sikh Temple in Palermo, New York, just eight weeks after the World Trade Center tragedy…recapitulates how the incident unleashes a process of forgiveness and love rather than a fresh wave of violence and hatred.”
Palestinians and Jews Together at Camp 2007 83 Jewish
Muslim
Christian
Free No Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Study Group & Camp Tawonga “The partnership of a Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue and 85-year-old camp brings together in the California mountains 140 Muslims, Jews and Christians of all ages, including from Israel and Palestine. They discover one another and their ability to communicate and cooperate in new ways. Back down the mountain, they hold a public San Francisco event to tell the community about their struggles and breakthroughs.”
The Peace Tree 2006 Interfaith Activities available at http://sandalwood
productions.com/
peacetree/classroom.html
Mitra Sen “Shazia, a 7 year old Muslim girl and Kylie, her Christian friend, dream of celebrating each others’ festivals, Christmas and Eid. But when they share their dreams, they are met with resistance from their parents who express their concerns. The Peace Tree shares the voices of the children who try to enlighten their parents to the importance of sharing and celebrating diversity together. Through their struggles, they create a unique symbol - The Peace Tree.”
Pluralism in America 2005 59 Interfaith $25 VHS, $30 DVD No Hartley Film Foundation “Allows the viewer to see the United States through Dr. Diana Eck's prism, in which she views the U.S. as a new religious landscape. She delights in America as the most religiously diverse nation in the world, and has a profound understanding of the complex challenges such diversity presents.”
Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, Episode #534 2002 Interfaith N/A A guide for the whole season is online Religion and Ethics Newsweekly Episode on ‘Exploring Religious America”.
The Sikh Next Door: Celebrating America’s Diversity in the Classroom 2004 15 Sikh $90 Yes; included in price Longarh Sikh Educational Foundation A social studies curriculum package for grades 6-12, including lesson plans, video, and activities.
Sound of the Soul 2005 70 Judaism
Christian
Muslim
Currently $29 plus $6 S&H. Can purchase at www.cemproductions.org Not yet Stephen Olsson "A vivid, multi-layered portrait of both of an open-minded Arab city and The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, an exceptional event that invites Muslim, Christian, and Jewish men and women to perform in public at its historic sites."
Sri Ganesha Chaturthi Nava Dina Mahotsavam 1995 Hindu $35 plus shipping No The Hindu Temple Society of North America Recording of the Sri Ganesha Chathurti ceremony
What Do You Believe? Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers 2002 50 Interfaith $30 for home use Yes, on website Sarah Feinbloom “Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Pagan, Native American, and Jewish teens share their most personal struggles and beliefs about faith, morality, suffering and death, prayer, the purpose of life, and the divine.”

Films in Progress

Film Date TRT Tradition(s) Cost Study Guide? Producer/Director Description
Zoroastrianism: Ancient Religion, Modern Decisions Zoroastrian N/A No Tenaz Dubash Short film demonstrating the planning of an hour-long documentary on “the assimilation of the Zoroastrian religion.”

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