Beyond Belief

Audience Engagement

This page is dedicated to giving teachers and community and faith-based leaders the resources they need for sharing BEYOND BELIEF with students and audiences. “Teaching BEYOND BELIEF” is a standards-based Study, Screening and Action Guide written by Columbia University Teachers College that is appropriate for Grades 7-16 and adult audiences.

Download the Guide here.

Impact Campaign

We believe that Susan and Patti offer a powerful antidote to the rhetoric of fear and intolerance that so often clouds discussion of September 11th. And we’re not the only ones! Their work has been recognized by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and President Barack Obama, who awarded Susan the Presidential Citizens’ Medal.
Thanks to support from the Fledgling Fund and Mass Humanities we are partnering with non-profits, faith-based groups and educators across the country. Screenings of the film have helped raise tens of thousands of dollars to support Beyond the 11th and projects that are changing women’s lives for the better. One of our proudest achievements is having contributed to the building of the very first women’s community center in Bamiyan.
If you or your organization is interested in joining our campaign, please contact us at You can easily host a screening of the film by purchasing a DVD with public performance rights.

About Beyond the 11th

Beyond the 11th is a non-profit foundation that provides Afghan widows, one of the world’s most vulnerable populations, with job skills so they can start small businesses and generate income to support themselves and their children, thereby lifting themselves from poverty and dependence. Since 2003, Beyond the 11th has awarded over $600,000 in grants to promote economic and educational independence for the widows of Afghanistan.

The organization was founded by 9/11 widows Susan Retik and Patti Quigley. Rather than respond to their unspeakable loss with anger or despair, they opened their hearts to the plight of Afghan widows, among the most destitute people in the world. By empowering Afghan widows, Retik and Quigley hoped Afghan children might grow up with stability and education—powerful antidotes to the hopelessness that can spawn violent extremism. In 2005, ready to shed the public identity of perpetual 9/11 widow, Patti Quigley stepped down from the organization to pursue other initiatives in Afghanistan. Susan Retik continues as President of Beyond the 11th.

To learn more or make a donation that will directly support Afghan widows and their families, please visit: