20,000 Dialogues is a nationwide initiative that uses films to facilitate dialogue about Muslims and Islam. Watch the video to learn more.
What is 20,000 Dialogues?
20,000 Dialogues is a nationwide initiative that uses discussions about films to promote pluralism, dialogue, and civic engagement. It seeks to build greater understanding of Muslims through films and conversation. 20,000 Dialogues uses Unity Productions Foundation's (UPF) award winning films and provides the materials people need to participate in dialogues that further the American ideals of inclusiveness and positive civic action.
Films get people talking
Films always spark discussion. Everyone has an opinion about a film and no one needs to be an expert to join in. Watching a film and discussing it is a common yet powerful experience, a practical, meaningful way of helping people share ideas and build new perspectives. 20,000 Dialogues equips grassroots people with the films, tools, and resources to turn dialogue into action.
The lack of familiarity with Muslims undermines the quality of civic life for all Americans. By enabling people to watch and discuss a film about Muslims, 20,000 Dialogues builds relationships across faiths and cultures, even at a time when current events cause tension.
The idea of 20,000 Dialogues started after the release of UPF's first film, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. People around the world viewed and discussed the film in their efforts to understand Muslims and build relationships after 9/11. The 20,000 Dialogues initiative was launched in August 2007 with the national PBS broadcast of UPF's Cities of Light and the endorsement of the World Economic Forum's Top 100 Council of Religious Leaders. It has subsequently been supported with grants from the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, One Nation, a special project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Associates, and other institutions and individuals.