Film Screening: American Textures

As part of the "Crossing Borders" series, "American Textures" follows six young Americans of Black, White and Latino origin on a road trip through diverse communities in the southern United States to confront race through dialogue. Q&A afterwards!

About the film

American Textures, a 78 minute documentary by Crossing Borders Films, follows six young Americans of Black, White and Latino origin on a road trip through the southern United States to confront race through dialogue. Their journey moves them to push through the wall of silence/fear/discomfort that surrounds race in Today’s America and face the presence of segregation, bias, and blindness, not only in US society, but also inside themselves. Their courage, vulnerability and honest interactions become emotional examples of ways to follow in their footsteps.

The heightened interracial tensions and recent violent events have rocked US society. Many of us are deeply shaken wondering if there is anything on earth that we can do to make a constructive contribution – even if small… We feel that what we as ordinary citizens can do is to develop skills and courage to address painful issues and connect openly. The engaging story of American Textures is envisioned as an encouragement and blueprint for processing conflicts constructively, developing empathy and exploring the Other’s reality. American Textures also comes with facilitation tools that support initiating honest conversations to strengthen a Culture of Dialogue within our aching communities.

About the Crossing Borders Trilogy

The Crossing Borders documentary trilogy brings diversity in our world directly to your doorstep. The films are designed to initiate intercultural dialogues, practice communication skills and to deepen intercultural understanding.

Each film stands on its own focusing on interactions of youth from diverse cultural, ethnical and social backgrounds while bringing specific challenges and opportunities of cross-cultural communication into the foreground. As a trilogy they cover a wide range of topics and provide multiple authentic real life examples to deepen global awareness and intercultural skills.