Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Professor Hubert Brown, Broadcast Journalism Professor
Professor Frank Currier, Broadcast Journalism Professor
Broadcast and Digital Journalism
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Broadcast and Video Studies | Communication | Film and Media Studies | Journalism Studies | Social Influence and Political Communication
On October 12, 2002, the Indonesian island of Bali experienced the worst terrorist attack in the country’s history. 202 people were killed when a bomb was detonated outside of a nightclub in the tourist city of Kuta. Among those killed was Daniel Braden, a young British man who was in Bali for a rugby tournament. Daniel’s parents believed that the attack happened because the majority of people in the nightclub were white and therefore viewed as “the enemy.” They believed that if young people had the opportunity to meet and speak with people different from themselves a lot of terrorist attacks could be stopped. From this thought The Bradens created the Encompass Journey of Understanding. Twice a year six young adults from the United States, six from Great Britain, and four each from Indonesia, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories are brought to an outdoor adventure camp in Great Britain for a week to participate in outdoor bonding activities and intense discussions.
For her Capstone project, Alison Kurtzman, a senior Broadcast Journalism and Psychology dual major in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and College of Arts and Sciences, was a participant in the Fall 2010 Encompass Journey of Understanding. While participating in the program she brought a video camera and filmed over thirty hours of footage comprised of the outdoor activities, discussions, and interviews with both participants and facilitators. She then returned to the United States and began to edit together the raw footage into a documentary titled Connecting The Peaces: Working To Make The World A Better Place – The Encompass Journey of Understanding.
The fifteen-minute documentary focuses on two of the participants who had the most divergent views: Meron, an Israeli, and Luma, a Palestinian. While following Meron, Luma, and the other participants, the documentary aims to make viewers think about some of the major issues facing our world today and tries to discover where some of the most common misconceptions of other cultures come from. In addition to the documentary, a production blog was also made that contained insights from Alison, as well as photographs, teasers, and extra footage that didn’t make the documentary.
I sincerely hope that after watching Connecting The Peaces you will have a new perspective about some of the major conflicts affecting the world today and perhaps even leave with a bit more hope for the future.
Kurtzman, Alison Sara, "Connecting The Peaces: Working To Make The World A Better Place – The Encompass Journey of Understanding" (2012). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 120.
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