At The Second Traffic Light  a film about diversity

...a film about humanity

Produced in 2000

stills from "At The Second Traffic Light"

At the second traffic light is a story that unfolds in the course of two traffic lights.  Five drivers and a few pedestrians are forced by an accident at an intersection to interact with each other.  A homeless man stands at a traffic light holding a sign; he witnesses the accident and the humanity that unfolds before his eyes. All of the characters are from different races, religions, genders, walks of life: a Jewish man, an African cab driver, a white truck driver, a white woman (doctor), a young black woman, an Indian cab driver, a Black Muslim, an Asian woman, a black paraplegic man, a young black man and a young white man, and a white business man (passenger in the Indian man's cab)?The accident causes a traffic jam and the street is blocked.  These characters, who would ordinarily not have anything to do with each other, are forced to interact in order to get out of the situation.
Film Clip

At The Second Traffic Light is now being used by organizations, educational institutions, and government offices for race relations, for training on diversity and cultural understanding 


This film is available for purchase to trainers and/or institutions. Individuals may sponsor (purchase) a film package for a public school or library of their choice. Order comes with DVD and facilitator guide. For inquiries about bulk rates please contact us: 

4201 Wilson Blvd., # 110-149 - Arlington, VA 22203 - Voice Mail: (703) 913-2747 Email:  -   

film package comes with DVD & Facilitator Guide


To book a screening lecture with the filmmaker please contact us via email: or call 703-913-2747

what people are saying about the film:

"...Crushing ethnic and religious stereotypes, At the Second Traffic Light shows how people form community in times of trouble.  At the Second Traffic Light is an excellent resource for churches, whether to jumpstart the discussion of inclusivity and interfaith dialogue or to continue a church?s efforts in peacebuilding."

Rev. Lia Scholl, MDiv.
Star Light Ministries, Inc.

"...I found the film to be loaded with rich possibilities for diversity related discussions, and the fact that it?s short (20 minutes) and reasonably priced contribute to making it a good resource for us."

Pamela Paul, Ph.D., Vice President & Director
Professional Development and Diversity
The Academy for Educational Development

"I recently was privileged to view the film At the Second Traffic Light, at a leadership conference at my hospital.  I was VERY moved by the film and I feel every man, woman and child should view this film."

Jean Barchet, RN
CPCS Coordinator
Henrico Doctor's Hospital

"It is a great video!!  I immediately watched it twice.  What a great video to raise awareness/feelings that you have.  Really helps to visually "see" thoughts/feelings and stereotypes that you didn't even think you had.Great film!"

Don Rilling
Director, Organizational Development
CJW Medical Center

"A brilliant film. Divergent groups coalesce around the accident?Each brings their own cultural referent, fears, prejudices, anxieties, apprehension and even musical preference to the scene of the accident?As a clinical/industrial psychologist working with fortune 500 companies to achieve cultural competence for the global market place, I recommend the use of this film (At The Second Traffic Light). It is excellent as a case study of workplace attitudes that effect productivity."

Edwin J Nichols, Ph.D
Clinical/Industrial Psychologist

" ...the filmmaker was able to show the complexities and absurdities of the stereotypes that consume most of our social interactions.  In the process, she (the filmmaker) challenges us to examine our own values and priorities. She also shares with us her belief that understanding our common destiny in this universe will eventually override our selfishness, ignorance, and bigoted ideas. "

Mesfin Mulatu, Ph.D, MPH,
Research Psychologist


At The Second Traffic Light used for dialogue on diversity and/or used as a resource for training by the following institutions:

  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Winthrop University
  • Sonoma State University
  • Fairfax County - Department of Family Services
  • Arlington Public Schools - Department of Student Services
  • Kaleidoscope - Multicultural Civic Group - Mason District
  • Peace Lutheran Church (Alexandria, VA)
  • Annandale Interfaith Communities in Dialogue
  • Southwestern University
  • Pfeiffer University
  • The World Bank: Diversity Department
  • Academy for Educational Development
  • George Mason University: Multicultural Center
  • Johns Hopkins University: Center for Training and Education
  • Johns Hopkins University: Organizational Development & Diversity
  • Catholic Diocese Of Charleston: Office of Ethnic Ministry
  • George Washington University: Medical Faculty Division
  • University of Vermont: Office of Student Life
  • Arlington Diocese of Resettlement
  • CJW Medical Center
  • Arlington Central Public Library
  • Arlington Government Reference Library
  • Corporation for National & Community Service: The Resource Center
  • The After School Institute
  • National Science Foundation
  • US Department of State
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • The Africa America Institute



Filmmaker Statement:

“At the Second Traffic Light” is a story that was inspired by my own metamorphosis.  At various stages of my life, while living in the U.S. as an African immigrant, as a woman in society, and as a person of mixed heritage (Egyptian and Ethiopian), I have, inevitably, been placed in different social categories.  These categories that were imposed on me have over time given rise to different schema of thought.   I have evolved from being a reactionary, who believed that fundamental differences among humans require radical solutions, to being a more tempered spiritualist who is guided by the outlook that human beings have more similarities than differences.

My intention is not to deny the many forms of injustice that are part of our reality related to racial, gender, economic, religious, political and other paralyzing issues.  Rather, I suggest that this world would be a better place if we choose to focus on our similarities rather than our differences.  At the Second Traffic Light is a story about diversity…a story about humanity.  It draws upon many possible stereotypes that are formed and filed away in our memory banks.  It points to the fact that when humans act on instinct, they have a tendency to be good more often than we think.