Huron, Ohio – Bullying, scapegoating, name-calling, and “othering” are getting a lot of attention lately. Who’s fighting to stop the violence and start cultivating peace?

On Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. students and community members will gather at Bowling Green State University Firelands College Cedar Point Center to premiere the documentary film Coexist and to engage in dialogue about these vital issues, which directly impact the ability of youth to succeed and thrive.

Veteran journalist and filmmaker Adam Mazo will lead a discussion and will answer audience questions following the screening.  Coexist explores the painful and personal stories of Rwandan genocide survivors as they are made to try to reconcile with perpetrators being released back into their communities. There are no easy answers in this story and critics say that Coexist masterfully captures the nuance and complexity of the situation.

The filmmakers’ goal is for Coexist to be used as a tool to foster understanding about how violence escalates, how it can be interrupted, and the potential each of us has to be victim, perpetrator, bystander, and upstander.

In a unique collaboration Mazo developed this film with Coexist Learning Director Dr. Mishy Lesser through interaction with students and teens in schools and youth groups. The Coexist team screened the rough cut of the film for hundreds of young people who helped sharpen its message for greater clarity and impact.

This event is free and open to the public.  For additional information contact BGSU Firelands at 419.433.5560.

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