Education: Programs for Schools and Universities
"Tanya, I am a teacher in Columbus, Ohio, and I spent my day today sharing the tragedy of what happened eleven years ago today. As part of our day, I showed them the documentary Rebirth. I know how hard the loss of your fiance was, and I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how moved my students were by your story. Many of them come to the United States as refugees from war-torn countries and have experienced tremendous amounts of violence in their lives and have great difficulty expressing their feelings in a healthy way. They connected hard with your honesty and, as a result, many, many students shed tears. The conversation generated incredible discussion. Nothing I have done in my twenty plus years of teaching has ever created such an outpouring of emotion. Thank you for turning your tragic loss of Sergio into such a force for good in this world. Today, you truly were the difference. Wishes for much happiness."
- Hal, Educator
What can students learn from watching a film and then talking about it?
In Rebirth, these lessons are profound, especially for those who were too young to remember the events of 9/11 itself.
Rebirth chronicles the experiences of five people after September 11, 2001. These stories are woven together to tell a larger story. The audience learns something very private about them -- their thoughts and emotions on that deadly September day and in the months and years to come.
These five individuals have dared to trust the viewer with their very personal reactions and pain. They question, demand answers, get angry, feel sad and somehow learn to move forward and grow. The audience not only enters the profoundly altered world of these five people, but upon self-reflection, sees how they have been changed as well. The film is filled with revelations, and viewers will be inspired to tell their own stories.
For educators, Rebirth is an extraordinary tool because so much of what is learned from the film evolves organically from the students themselves, as they make connections with the subjects, and begin to experience the range of emotions that Rebirth stimulates in so many people. Project Rebirth partners with Georgetown University and Columbia University to utilize the film and related content to educate audiences about 9/11, and to prepare social workers, nurses, and others about future disaster response. To date, Rebirth has been shown to audiences across the United States, in Japan and Australia-- demonstrating that the process of overcoming grief is universal, and that important educational lessons can be learned from sharing our journeys toward recovery.
We invite you as a teacher or administrator to explore Rebirth and our educational offering, including our discussion guides. For more information, and to arrange a screening, contact email@example.com.