Tribalism Is Killing Us

Documentary Feature & Collaborative Storytelling Platform

Trump, Brexit, borders and travel bans… Terrorism, discrimination and war. Why do we create insider/outsider groups? And why do these divisions appear to be growing ever deeper?

At a time when our headlines are dominated by ethnic violence, religious conflict and remorseless anti-immigration policies, TRIBALISM IS KILLING US (TIKU) is a much-needed and deeply evocative feature-length essay film that seeks to illuminate the roots of humanity’s darkest truth…

“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated.” Martin Luther King

It’s been 50 years since the Civil Rights Movement and yet our world is still as violently divided by discrimination and hatred as it ever has been before. Why?

This montage film will take us on a powerful journey as we revisit some of the most appalling acts of cruelty ever committed by humankind–– from the history of eugenics to genocides and police killings…

From black doll projects that show how race was engineered to empathy studies demonstrating humanity’s tremendous capacity for co-operation, interviewees share their thoughts on where we have come to in this timely debate: what are the origins of tribalism and how can we ultimately move beyond it? In a time when humanity is facing imminent global challenges, do we have what it takes to finally transcend our traditional notions of identity and unite together?

As this film is being made, we want to have a meaningful dialogue with our audience and so our model of ‘Participatory Filmmaking’ celebrates creative exchange between filmmaker and participants. We are inviting our online audience to share their own content and their own unique experiences in making a contribution to how this global story unfolds…