Post-Film Facilitated Discussion

Drawing from the Jewish Dialogue Group I.     Personal Reflection – Group facilitator – In full group (1-2 min.)
  1. Take a moment to close your eyes and think about what in the film struck you, stayed with you, surprised or disturbed you – images, moments, scenes.
  2. Is there a connection between this moment or image and your personal experience? Why does it matter to you?
  3. Maybe: What are you struggling with from the film? What’s unresolved?
You’re going to share some of what you just thought about in small groups. First, let’s review the Or Shalom Year of Inquiry Communication Agreement. II.     Communication Agreement – Group facilitator – In full group (2 min.) Read Communication Agreement as full group Ask individuals to take a line that speaks to them – popcorn style. III.     Instructions – Group facilitator – In full group (1 min.) Review the schedule; note that groups that don’t have a designated facilitator should choose a facilitator whose role it is to keep time. Emphasize the importance of this person telling people that they’ve reached 2 min. when they’ve done so, so that there’s enough time for connected conversation. Tell people much intention has been put into the suggested structure; please follow it – at least for the first 2 sections and the closing. In between, the questions are just suggestions. IV.     Break into small groups of 8 (by counting off, or have people sit in clusters to watch the film)
  1. If you don’t have a pre-designated facilitator, appoint a facilitator whose main role will be to keep time.
  2. Go-around #1 (2 min. each) – 16 min. • Describe a scene, moment or image from the movie that stirred you. If you have time, you may want to share how this image or moment is connected to you personally and why you think it may have impacted you.
  3. Connected conversation (10 min.) • Have you heard something in this conversation that struck a chord? • Has an interesting theme or idea emerged that you’d like to note or add to? • Is there something someone said that you’d like to understand better? [Try to ask questions that reflect genuine curiosity rather than challenge in disguise- and that unpack the experience of the person you are addressing.] • Have you heard something you disagreed with or found unsettling? If so, can you check to see if you’ve understood correctly? Then say what was unsettling to you and why.
  4. Free-flowing conversation. Here are some possible suggested directions for conversation. (10 min.) • Are there any questions you’d like to pose to the group during our remaining time tonight? • Are there topics that have arisen into which you’d like to go deeper? • Did the film challenge any of your existing views or understanding of the situation? How so? • What parts of the story did the film leave out that are important to you? • What in this story do you want to understand better? What do you find inspiring, infuriating, surprising or disturbing? What is the heart of the matter for you? What are you struggling with?
  5. Closing: Go-around #2 (1 min. each) – CHOOSE one of these questions: • [If you haven’t already discussed this] What is something you want to learn more about? • What is something you’re taking with you from watching the film and/or this conversation (can be a struggle, question, new information or insight)? • What did you appreciate about this conversation?