Saturday, May 17, 2008

Pangea Day

Last week, I was on the Set for Pangea Day at the Sony Picture Studios. The video I shot of the Ironman Triathlon (view it here), was submitted as a film for Pangea Day, which is a global event - bringing the world together through film. Cameron Diaz, Meg Ryan, Queen Noor of Jordan and CNN's Christiane Amanpour were all a part of Pangea Day.

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In 2006, filmmaker Jehane Noujaim won the
TED Prize, an annual award granted at the TED Conference. She was granted $100,000, and more important, a wish to change the world. Her wish was to create a day in which the world came together through film. Pangea Day grew out of that wish. Watch Jehane Noujaim’s 2006 acceptance speech now.

Thanks to my friend Kevin Wall, I was able to attend Pangea Day's in the Sony Pictures main studio. Here are some photos and videos I took during the broadcast.

In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it's easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that – to help people see themselves in others – through the power of film.

On May 10, 2008, locations in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro were linked for a live program of powerful films, live music, and visionary speakers. The entire program was broadcast – in seven languages – to millions of people worldwide through the internet, television, and mobile phones.

There were 24 short films featured that were selected from an international competition that generated more than 2,500 submissions from over one hundred countries. The films were chosen based on their ability to inspire, transform, and allow us see the world through another person's eyes.
Details on the Pangea Day films can be viewed here.

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