Global film festival

This may be slightly off topic for educational technology and standards, but I ‘attended’ an amazing internet-based world-wide event on Saturday which reminded me of what I think this is all about.

In 2006 filmmaker Jehane Noujaim spoke at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference about her wish to tap the power of film to strengthen tolerance and compassion while uniting millions of people to build a better future and she won a TED annual prize. The idea of the prize is that the recipient is ‘granted a wish’ to ‘change the world’.

This year Jehanne’s Noujaim’s wish was granted through the organisation of a world wide film event called Pangea Day which was held on Saturday May 10th.

It’s difficult to convey the scale and scope of the event, and how inspiring it was, and it was possible to participate at all sorts of levels, including a world-wide drumming session! and strange how it seems to have totally bypassed the mainstream media.

Many of the films and events and a replay are on the website, and Jehanne’s thinking and planning are also explained

Among the amazing number of varied contributions I came across the 6 Billion Others project which is of an enormous scale – ‘The objective of the project is to attempt to reveal each person’s universality and individuality. To achieve this 6 directors set off across the world to interview the inhabitants of the planet….‘ This is a project by Yann Arthus-Bertrand of ‘Earth from the Air’ fame and includes filmed portraits of everyone who has so far been interviewed – thousands so far…

At a time when there are so many worries being voiced about the role of the internet it’s great to come across such positive and life-enhancing activities taking place!

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