IN OUR SON’S NAME (IOSN) is an intimate portrait of Phyllis and Orlando Rodríguez, co- founders of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, whose son, Greg, died with thousands of others in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The bereaved parents choose reconciliation and nonviolence over vengeance and begin a transformative journey that both confirms and challenges their convictions. They speak out against war in Iraq and Afghanistan, publicly oppose the death penalty of avowed 9/11 conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui, and befriend his mother. As their search for meaning evolves they speak out against anti-Muslim actions and find peace in working with prison inmates. The film also features Talat Hamdani, whose heroic son, Mohammad Salman, perished rescuing others yet he was wrongly deemed a suspect due to his Muslim faith. The award-winning film mixes in- depth interviews with on-location footage and striking archival photographs and video to create a deeply personal story that invites us to re-consider conventional concepts of justice and healing.
In Our Son’s Name also comes with subtitles in Spanish: En Nombre de Nuestro Hijo. With this new version we will be able to reach broader audiences to spread our message of nonviolence and reconciliation. If you don’t have a copy and would like to set up a screening in your community, please contact the Peaceful Tomorrows office.
The poster shown below can be custom made to reflect the event you are arranging locally. Please contact our office to receive the document.
Available on DVD from PT for local screenings in your home or community venue.
Here are steps in showing the film In Our Son’s Name:
1. Obtain a copy of the DVD (plus a backup) from the PT office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also obtain copies of PT’s brochures. If a large event you may also want the PT banner to display.
2. You may want to review the film before approaching others (optional).
3. Decide on a venue (your home, a community site…). Approach a community site to see whether they might host a showing and discussion. We can help you compose a sample letter to reach out to them.
4. Arrange for logistics (time, place, whether you might get refreshments or have a pot luck, etc.). Note PT can pay for your travel and possibly cover some refreshments. Let our staff member know if you have needs beforehand so she can check the budget.
5. Make sure the venue has a good DVD player that can project an image on a large screen, with at least one, preferably two speakers that are located to the side or under the screen.
6. Create outreach materials. Above is a sample flyer about the film you could adapt and let us know if you need help with that. Below is also a link to the website about the film: http://www.inoursonsname.com/. If you give our staff member the details PT can post to our Facebook page and website, and alert local members/supporters. Some places to posts: religious venues, community bulletin boards, local papers, interfaith networks, area nonprofits.
7. Consider an introduction (perhaps an overview of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows that can be found on our www.peacefultomorrows.org website).
8. Consider discussion questions following the film. Examples are:
* “What summons one, each in her/his own way, to forgiveness, reconciliation and to actions for making a more peaceful world. And how can one achieve this?”
* Have you ever found support from someone who seemed unlikely; perhaps because of your differences in background or perspective?
* Did you ever have to make a choice over revenge or reconciliation?
* In the aftermath of 9/11, hate crimes have risen dramatically in the U.S. for those who are, or appear to be, Muslim. After watching this film, what do you think is our responsibility to address this problem? How might we respond?
* Several of those detained as terrorism suspects being held in Guantanamo have been cleared as not having been involved; yet have not yet been released. Many report being tortured. Does torture and indefinite detention make us safe and strong as a nation?
The DVD purchases are for small groups and individuals. Academic use of the film should be arranged through Filmakers Library, https://www.