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  • 05.10.08 | 19:55 GMT34 comments
    Hypernova on stage!
    Hypernova

    Hypernova on stage!

    Iranian underground indie rockers Hypernova are jamming out.

    Watch for their debut album, coming out soon.

  • 05.10.08 | 19:53 GMT6 comments
    The Sun is Going Up in Tokyo But Energy Is Still High

    The Sun is Going Up in Tokyo But Energy Is Still High

    Andrew writes:

    "It's 4:36 a.m. here in Tokyo and the sun is rising. We still have a big crowd cheering for the films and enjoying the event."

  • 05.10.08 | 19:46 GMT75 comments
    Film: Stille Post (Telephone Game), directed by Oliver Rauch
    FEATURED ON PANGEA DAY: Stille Post (Telephone Game)

    Film: Stille Post (Telephone Game), directed by Oliver Rauch

    Children pass a secret message along in a familiar childhood game -- but their classmate doesn't realize the message is at his expense.

  • 05.10.08 | 19:44 GMT6 comments
    Psychologist Robert Kurzban on prejudice
    Robert Kurzban

    Psychologist Robert Kurzban on prejudice

    Robert Kurzban talks about prejudice, skewed perceptions, bias, stereotypes -- and why human beings can overcome them.

    "We have the capacity and tendency to separate 'us' from 'them'. Once established, we're more tolerant to those we call 'us' and more brutal toward 'them.' But increasingly, science shows there's no limit to who we define as us. Eventually, someday, there might not be any more 'thems'."

  • 05.10.08 | 19:43 GMT2 comments
    The Crowd Watches from Cairo

    The Crowd Watches from Cairo

    A rapt assembly watches "J'Attendrai Le Suivant (I'll Wait for the Next One)" in Cairo.

  • Coming up: Robert Kurzban on the psychology of prejudice

  • 05.10.08 | 19:41 GMT119 comments
  • 05.10.08 | 19:38 GMT2 comments
    Vancouver Joins the Global Campfire

    Vancouver Joins the Global Campfire

    This update just in from Paul in Vancouver:

    "Greetings from Vancouver fellow Pangea Day friends!

    I'm Paul, host and organizer of the Downtown Vancouver event and the live satellite transmission to Downtown Vancouver at Empire Granville 7 Cinemas, the largest screen in the city.

    A theatre full of people here have joined the "global campfire", one of 15 private and public events in this city of 2.5 million on the Pacific Coast of Canada.

    Mayor Sam Sullivan has also officially proclaimed May 10, 2008, as Pangea Day in the City of Vancouver, this morning at the Opening Ceremonies."

  • Christiane Amanpour interviews two Lebanese ex-fighters

  • 05.10.08 | 19:33 GMT2 comments
    Marhaba from Pangea Day in Ramallah!

    Marhaba from Pangea Day in Ramallah!

    From Ramallah: My name is Amber. I am a Canadian living and working in the West Bank. I heard about Pangea Day from a friend of mine in Jerusalem (yo Avi G!) and we thought it would be great to try to get an event happening in both Ramallah and Jerusalem. I think we succeeded!


    We are excited to be hosting Pangea Day from the woodsy, magical retreat of Snobar in Ramallah. We are about 100 people strong and are watching Pangea Day outside, by a campfire and under pine trees and stars. This was made possible by the Mobile Cinema, a great organization that brings film to small towns and villages throughout Palestine, and Hadara (the local internet provider), who provided us with the bandwidth necessary to pull this off.

    We are all very excited to be apart of Pangea Day. Film is a very big part of Palestinian society. Youth are increasingly using film as a form of expression and a means of getting their stories "out there." Programs like the Mobile Cinema's youth video program that give youth the tools and opportunities to make films in the West Bank, and Peace it Together, a program that brings Palestinian, Israeli and Canadian youth together in Canada to push beyond dialogue and work together to make films about the conflict, are becoming more and more important.

    I don't want this evening to be political, but at the same time, it is hard to talk about Palestine without talking about politics. One of the films being shown tonight is called Combatants for Peace. This is an amazing organization that brings ex-IDF (Israeli Defense Force) soldiers and Palestinian combatants together to find non-violent means to fight the occupation. Today, Combatants performed an operation in the northern part of the West Bank. They attempted to move a road block near the village of Shufa, and in doing so were met with tear gas, sound bombs and rubber bullets. Approximately 14 members, both Palestinian and Israeli, were injured. A few of them (and a couple that were injured) are here with us tonight.

    Their being here tonight symbolizes what this evening is supposed to be about. Pangea Day is about moving beyond the politics that divide us and instead finding the commonalities that unite us. Hopefully tonight, through film, we can find the humanity that exists across all cultures, religions, and politics, and other artificial boundaries, to inspire us to work together to inflict real and positive change.

     

  • 05.10.08 | 19:32 GMT59 comments
    Film: I Remember Lebanon, by Zeina Aboul Hosn
    FEATURED ON PANGEA DAY: I Remember Lebanon

    Film: I Remember Lebanon, by Zeina Aboul Hosn

    A journey through Lebanon -- through friends, family and youth -- before the bombs started falling.

  • 05.10.08 | 19:29 GMT25 comments

    6 Billion Others: What makes you cry?

    Share your thoughts on our comments pages!

  • 05.10.08 | 19:25 GMT91 comments
    Film: Papiroflexia, directed by Joaquin Baldwin
    FEATURED ON PANGEA DAY: Papiroflexia

    Film: Papiroflexia, directed by Joaquin Baldwin

    An animated film about shaping the world with your hands.

    Cameron Diaz weighs in: "How can films change the world? They can't, but the people who watch them can. By changing minds, we change the world. My own passion is climate change; this film inspires me."

  • 05.10.08 | 19:23 GMT14 comments
    Music from Gilberto Gil
    Gilberto Gil

    Music from Gilberto Gil

    Gilberto Gil is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and the current Brazilian Minister of Culture. Exiled from his homeland for political activity in the 1970s, he's an amazing voice for Brazilian and world culture.

  • Coming Up Next: Gilberto Gil

  • 05.10.08 | 19:13 GMT79 comments
    Film: The Americana Project: Cuba, directed by Topaz Adizes
    FEATURED ON PANGEA DAY: The Americana Project: Cuba

    Film: The Americana Project: Cuba, directed by Topaz Adizes

    A young man returns home to his family in Cuba -- for the first time in 13 years.

  • 05.10.08 | 19:12 GMT3 comments
    Friends of Pangea Day, Greenwood Collective: Seattle, Washington

    Friends of Pangea Day, Greenwood Collective: Seattle, Washington

    Chris M. writes in with this thought-provoking update:


    About 50 people have filed in and are standing around, eating fruit and introducing one another. It's been beautiful listening to how people are describing Pangea Day to each other. Here's a conversation I overheard just a moment ago:

    "So, what's this all about?" a lady whispered, sipping a cup of coffee.

    "I'm not sure exactly. It's an international organization that's showing a whole bunch of short films, made by people all over the world," said a man, who a moment before had been a stranger.

    "So, the point is for us to see how life is like, on the other side of the world?" the lady asked.

    "I suppose. And it's also being broadcast right now, all over the world. At this exact moment."

    "Really? Like, people in India are watching that guy talking right now?"

    "Yep. People in India. People in Singapore. People in St. Petersburg and El Salvador," the man said, touching the woman on the arm.

    "No. Way," said the lady, blushing a little.

    "And the best part? It's being projected onto the Pyramids, as we speak," said the man, clearly getting excited.

    "That's amazing," said the lady, and then both of them fell silent for a moment, watching the projection screen. After a minute, both of them laugh out loud at something in one of the movies.

    They look at each other, startled to hear the other one laugh. And, suddenly, the lady starts to laugh again, and beams up at the man.

    "You know what I think the best part is?" she asks. "That people in India. In Singapore. In St. Petersburg and El Salvador. That people who are standing in the desert outside of Cairo – that all those people just laughed, too."

     

  • 05.10.08 | 19:05 GMT96 comments
    Film: More, directed by Mark Osborne
    FEATURED ON PANGEA DAY: More

    Film: More, directed by Mark Osborne

    Animated short film -- a tired inventor struggles toward creativity in a world lacking color and hope.

    Share your perspective on dreams, hope, and creativity in our comments section!

  • 05.10.08 | 19:03 GMT139 comments
    Film: Dancing Queen, directed by Sumit Roy
    FEATURED ON PANGEA DAY: Dancing Queen

    Film: Dancing Queen, directed by Sumit Roy

    An intimate little film about the joy of dancing. Shot on a Nokia mobile phone.

  • 05.10.08 | 19:01 GMT1 comment
    A Live Update from Tokyo

    A Live Update from Tokyo

    Todd, in Tokyo, reports over 50 people watching the Pangea Day program.

    "Half the crowd are from Japan, the other half are from places as diverse Australia, India, France, Argentina, Sweden, the UK, France, Romania, the US, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Lebanon."

  • Nokia Filmmaking Award: LIVE NOW.

  • Coming up after the break: the Nokia Filmmaking Award, more films

  • 05.10.08 | 18:53 GMT29 comments
    Film: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, directed by Banker White and Zack Niles
    FEATURED ON PANGEA DAY: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

    Film: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, directed by Banker White and Zack Niles

    Refugees in Sierra Leone band together -- bringing music and laughter to a community in need. (LIVE NOW)

  • 05.10.08 | 18:50 GMT50 comments

    6 Billion Others: Love, Happiness...

    What is love? What is happiness? Share your thoughts with the world by weighing in in our comments section.

  • 05.10.08 | 18:45 GMT24 comments
    Mutual Recognition, directed by Jehane Noujaim
    FEATURED ON PANGEA DAY: Mutual Recognition

    Mutual Recognition, directed by Jehane Noujaim

    A unique and intimate perspective on a Moroccan imam and his wife.

  • 05.10.08 | 18:38 GMT5 comments
    Anthropologist Donald Brown talks about human universals: NOW
    Donald Brown

    Anthropologist Donald Brown talks about human universals: NOW

    Anthropologist Donald Brown is the leading authority on "human universals" - the hundreds of attributes that every human has in common

    "Humans are and must be sensitive to differences. But too much focus on difference lurks behind human conflict. We should find hope in realizing how rich and numerous our commonalities are."

  • Up next: anthropologist Donald Brown on human universals