Doha Debates– Don't settle for a Divided World
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.


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