Doha Debates– Don't settle for a Divided World
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Video / April 08 2020


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Amina is an Iraqi American refugee and Muslim. Joe is a Trump supporter who was afraid of Muslims in America — until he met Amina.

This film premiered at The Deep End by Vox Media, SXSW 2019
Winner: Best Short Documentary – Spotlight Film Awards

The widening political division and polarization of our world have become so personal, and volatile, that the very idea of civil, open-minded conversation can seem unreachable — until you meet Amina and Joe. Their unlikely friendship is the clearest example of how best to listen and collaborate across political divides.

Find discussion questions, educational resources and more on this topic with the Deep Dive curricula. 


Directed, shot and edited by: Paul Raila
Executive Producers: Katrine Dermody and Japhet Weeks
Cam Op: David McClymonds
Consulting Editor: Alfonso Solis
Animations: Hope Sincere


Special Thanks to:
Amina and family
Joe and family
Muna Hussaini
Erik Proulx and family
Hussain Pirani
William Zilliox


Still Photos by:
Jana Birchum & Dave Creaney
Photos originally appeared in The Austin Chronicle and The Austin American Statesman


Additional Video: Texas Student Media/The Daily Texan