This film guide covers The Imam and the Pastor, a 2006 documentary film about two men—one Muslim and one Christian—who once led rival Nigerian militias but now travel their country together as friends to promote peace and inter-religious harmony. The film focuses on their efforts to forge understanding and cooperation between Christian and Muslim clergy and train them in conflict prevention. Topics discussed include previous violent conflicts in Nigeria and what religion says about forgiveness and cooperation. This guide features a synopsis of the film, information on the historical context of the ethno-religious hostilities across Nigerian society, a list of key terms, and discussion questions. This film guide is appropriate for use with the Berkley Center’s religion and conflict case study Nigeria: Rivalries Split Along Ethno-Religious Lines.
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