The lesson centers on the ESPN documentary, “Once Brothers,” which tells the story of the two NBA basketball players Vlade Divac (Serbia) and Dražen Petrović (Croatia), who were once roommates, friends, and “brothers.” Narrated from the viewpoint of Vlade Divac, the film chronicles their friendship, which was torn apart by the Yugoslavian Wars.
In this assignment, students will watch select clips of the film, which are divided into 3 educational segments. Students are asked to consider how and why Divac and Petrović became friends, to assess the quality of their friendship, and to compare their own personal experiences. Each segment is accompanied by activities designed to help students understand the importance of tolerance, acceptance, and forgiveness.
1. PowerPoint with photographs & maps
2. Examples of posters for class activities
3. Lesson plan
4. Word wall
KEYWORDS: character, advisory, tolerance, human rights, Yugoslavian Wars, Croatia, Serbia, basketball, acceptance, respect