Coexist in the Classroom

Coexist in the classroom - a photo of kids in a classroom

Out of tragedy, Coexist inspires respect, dignity, and empathy, and showcases the life-changing power of the humanities.

Coexist is a documentary about the complexity of mass violence and inspired by the reconciliation strategy following the Rwandan genocide. The film is celebrated for its sensitivity, its multifaceted approach to the many narratives, beliefs, and perceptions brought to the table. Coexist deals with the delegation of blame and our responsibility to others through a matrix of moral and emotional skills, and the filmmakers have extended the documentary’s power to the classroom with programs that apply these skills to the students’ experiences.

Mass Humanities supported the editing of a classroom version of Coexist and also the development of high school curriculum guides that use the film to engage new audiences in public schools. Students learn about how contempt was fostered in Rwanda, the impact of colonialism, and the genocide itself. They are asked and pose profound questions about how people live together, and live with themselves, after such atrocity. Through the program, schools create inclusive climates conducive to learning and moral development, which are especially important in the linguistically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse settings where the film is screened.

Coexist’s recent work in the schools has been successful; teachers and young people have been eager to discuss these themes and more receptive to listening deeply, speaking respectfully, and acting compassionately.

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Center For Independent Documentary in Sharon was awarded a $10,000 Project Grant responding to the Liberty, & Justice for All theme for the editing of a classroom length version of “Coexist”, a documentary about post-genocide reconciliation programs in Rwanda. [Project Director: Adam Mazo; Date Awarded: 3/12/2010]
Center For Independent Documentary in Sharon was awarded a $10,000 Project Grant responding to the Engaging New Audiences initiative for a program designed to reach new audiences in four public high schools to reflect on moral and ethical themes: responsibility to others, the meaning of human dignity, relationships that foster human flourishing, and respect and honor for difference. [Project Director: Adam Mazo; Date Awarded: 3/9/2012]

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