This Heartwarming Video by Interfaith Teens Will Renew Your Hope in America

If it seems that every news story you read is about terrorism, you have been paying attention. 

In the wake of seemingly endless bloodshed, some intrepid, purpose-driven teenagers have taken up cameras and added their voices to the rising call for unity in the face of terrorism and the hatred Donald Trump and others have brought to the surface. Their main message is one we have heard many times before, but is now so critical: that we must set aside our differences for the greater good.

“The Peaceful Park” is a heartwarming display of interfaith tolerance, understanding and a call for broad collaborative action on the part of a divided public. It is intended to show real teens from all faith backgrounds standing together for peace, choosing to focus on what ties us together, which at this moment in time is a profound global need for truth, connectedness and peace. 

“We just want to show people the truth,” says Nour Alkilani, who immigrated from Syria in 2013 with her family because they believed the U.S. would be welcoming and safe. “Instead,” Alkilani recalls, “my mother was called 'ISIS' on the streets by strangers. This is when I decided to make my first film.” 

The young filmmakers layered powerful sound bites of politicians over shots of a peaceful lake, highlighting the incompatability of discrimination in the land of opportunity. They chose an Arabic pop song that translates to “You Are the Boss” to end the short, playing over images of real-life interfaith unity. Something they hope, with this piece, to inspire more broadly. 

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