Film Festival: Brown Eyes Blue Eyes,
The Anatomy of Prejudice by Seyda Buurman-Kutsal


When: Thursday, 30th of May 2019, 10.00 – 11.30 | Lengths: 60 minutes*

Number of participants: max. 30


*after the screening: debriefing and group discussion with Seyda Buurman-Kutsal,
moderated by Anke Lindemann, Project Manager and Scrum Master in multicultural/remote IT projects in a global company.


Brown Eyes Blue Eyes is an exercise in discrimination, originally developed by Jane Elliott, a US American teacher from Iowa in 1968. Seyda Buurman-Kutsal who is educated and certified by Jane Elliott herself and has successfully educated people from different backgrounds, different countries and different professional settings in business, schools and universities, GO and NGO’s.

This documentary shows what happens during the workshop and Seyda Buurman-Kutsal is here to reveil the systems that are involved. You will experience the mechanisms and be shown how to open up a learning dialogue with leaders in business.

Goals are understanding perspectives of influence and power in the organisational and group systems in order to reflect and open a dialogue based on these reflections. Therefore participation is useful for those who are responsible for and are interested in creating and maintaining an environment in which diversity is valued.

In the microcosmos that the exercise creates, participants will have the opportunity to broaden their understanding of systematic nature of power and oppression, and its impact on our relationship with each other and with ourselves. The perspective of changemakers within the intercultural field will be questioned and emotionally felt.

In addition there will be input, large group discussion: Buurman-Kutsal explores with the audience the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and ethnocentrism and the responsibility shared by all of us for illuminating them in and eliminating them from ourselves and our environment.

Participation in this workshop can lead to stressful experiences. Experiences that minorities can experience in everyday situations.

The workshop has been developed in the United States and adapted to the European context. The latest study on the effects of the workshop is: Duurkoop, J. N. (2017, interne publicatie). Blue Eyes Brown Eyes, meer oog voor diversiteit: interventieonderzoek naar de verandering die deelname aan de interactieve diversiteittraining Blue Eyes Brown Eyes bewerkstelligt in diversiteitbewustzijn en intergroep attitude. One of the studies in English is: Stewart T., Laduke, J. R., Bracht, C., Sweet, B. A. M. & Gamarel, K. E. (2003). Do the “Eyes” Have It? A Program Evaluation of Jane Elliott’s “Blue- Eyes/Brown-Eyes” Diversity Training Exercise. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33 (9), 1898– 1921.


For one day brown eyed people have the power over blue eyed people.



More information: SIETAR Europa Congress 2019 Programme and the Film Festival.

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