Discussion Guide

The CITY OF TREES Discussion Guide is an in-depth resource designed to help facilitators host screenings and dialogues that dive deeply into the film’s central themes. 


Download the CITY OF TREES Discussion Guide. 

This 28-page guide includes an essay on the ‘story behind the story’ making CITY OF TREESadvice on organizing a screening; suggested structures for leading dialogues on five central themes explored in the film (personal storytelling, community engagement, environmental justice, long-term unemployment and racial justice); background context on key concepts introduced in the film (i.e. urban forestry, the stimulus, job training and green jobs); and a section identifying how the film relates to potential audiences (i.e. urban forestry practitioners, nonprofit staff, neighborhood groups, funders, etc).

When using the guide, we invite you to participate in constructive dialogue on the issues that impact the lives of people in all kinds of communities. We want you to make meaningful connections to situations you have experienced in your own life, relate to people who feel similar to you, and step into the shoes of someone who is different from you. We hope that through watching the film and participating in the conversation, you can better understand the complex factors facing the people in the film and gain new insight into how they may affect your own life and work. We hope the film challenges audiences to think deeply about the triumphs and struggles in creating long-term social impact.

For more information on purchasing the full Community Screening Kit: http://www.cityoftreesfilm.com/request-a-screening.

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