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Morocco, the Arab and Muslim Worlds

Cross-Cultural Awakening Challenge (Facebook/Twitter) (PDF)*Opens in new window

Facebook & Twitter-based reflective/interactive activities to be used in conjunction with the Crossing Borders film. Developed by Constantinos Coursaris, Assistant Professor, Telecommunications, Michigan State University.

Crossing Borders YouTube Booth (PDF)*Opens in new window

The goal of this exercise is to engage students in a discussion before screening the Crossing Borders film to determine how their perceptions and attitudes change as a result of viewing the film. The YouTube activity capitalizes on the unique strengths of YouTube to expand the impact of the Crossing Borders documentary to a wider audience beyond the film screenings. Developed by Saleem Alhabash, Assistant Professor, Advertising & Public Relations, Michigan State University.

Crossing Borders Facebook Conversation Challenge (PDF)*Opens in new window

Using Facebook, the goal of this challenge is to engage students in conversations about the content of the Crossing Borders documentary before and after screening. Developed by Saleem Alhabash, Assistant Professor, Advertising & Public Relations, Michigan State University.

My Makhzen and I [My Government and I]

Nadir Bouhmouch, human rights activist; director, producer and writer of this 42-minute documentary reflects on Moroccan youth's Arab Spring activism in recent months and stirred critical interest. Film content presents a platform to explore pro-democratic activism that stresses commonalities among Moroccan and American youths.

You Can Dream; Stories of Moroccan Women Who Do

Grade levels 9–12. This lesson is designed to support exploration of the issue of gender equality and traditional gender roles. By viewing the introductory slideshow-“You Can Dream; Stories of Moroccan Women Who Do” -and using class discussion questions that accompany the 25-minute video - “You Can Dream; Stories of Moroccan Women Who Do”, students travel to Morocco and learn first-hand how several Moroccan women are transforming not only their own lives, but their entire community by becoming role models and ensuring that equal opportunities are available for all. Discussion questions and a lesson plan are provided.

Reel Bad Arabs – How Hollywood Vilifies a People

This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters.

Intercultural Understanding

Documentary Film Project: High School Students (PDF)*Opens in new window

Grade levels 9–12. The goal of the short documentary film project is to understand the importance of pre-production planning, post production work, shot techniques, and editing techniques by bringing visions to reality through filmmaking techniques and storytelling. Developed byJeff Croley, Director of Theatre Department, DeWitt High School, DeWitt, Michigan.

Cultural Gaffes- Beyond Your Borders

An eight-minute video shows you how easy it is to commit a blunder, a gaffe, a slip-up in another culture. Things as simple and normal as sitting on the edge of a desk may be insulting in another country. See 14 examples of cultural gaffes acted out, then get some advice on how to try to avoid making such mistakes when you travel to another culture. Peace Corps makes available this video, the sequel, Cultural Gaffes at Home and Abroad, and other videos focusing on different world regions.

U.S. Global Competence – A 21st Century Imperative

A 21st Century Imperative makes the case that U.S. global competence in the 21st century is not a luxury, but a necessity. Whether engaging the world or our culturally diverse homeland, the future success of the U.S. will rely on the global competence of our people. Global competence must become part of the core mission of education—from K-12 through graduate school.


A Conversation with Chinese Students and American Students

This 17-minute video presents a candid conversation of two groups of undergraduate students at Michigan State University. They’re not experts in the field of inter-cultural communication or Chinese-US relations. They are students sharing their honest points of view. Produced by Michigan State University.

The Dialogue

A three-minute trailer of The Dialogue, the Crossing Borders Education- Michigan State University documentary that is in post-production. This feature film, set in China, explores the communication skills that are essential to enable constructive dialogue within a complex intercultural context. Projected release date is March 2013.

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