Voice of America reports today that The Shape of the Future, a first-of-its-kind, two-part television documentary, was broadcast simultaneously in Hebrew and Arabic by Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab television stations. The Shape of the Future features interviews with Israelis and Palestinians, giving all sides to this ongoing conflict the opportunity to discuss their fears, future hopes, and describe potential solutions that could end the impasse.
What is unique about this documentary is its focus: rather than emphasizing the past, this documentary spotlights the future.
The Shape of the Future was produced by Search for Common Ground, an organization “dedicated to transforming how the world deals with conflict”. Established in 1982, and with headquarters in both Brussels and Washington, D.C., Search for Common Ground uses numerous techniques and tools—media of all kinds, mediation, training, community organizing, and even sports and the arts—to find ways to address even intractable conflicts and achieve its mission of fostering dialogue, reducing violence, and promoting conflict resolution.
There is also available an interview with John Marks, the producer of The Shape of the Future, and founder and president of Search for Common Ground, about the making of this documentary and the inspiration behind it, which you can read by visiting here.