4/19/08

Pangea Day

Back in the day (I mean way back), all continents on Earth were physically connected; today that landmass is referred to as Pangea.

On Pangea Day, May 10, 2008, starting at 18:00 GMT (11 a.m. PST), locations in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro will be connected for a live program of films, music, and visionary speakers. The entire program will be broadcast – in seven languages – to millions of people worldwide through the internet, television, and mobile phones.

The 24 short films to be featured 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. Each film is somewhere between 2 to 15 minutes in length.

In the U.S., Current TV will carry the 4-hour program live. A full description of outlets carrying the program, descriptions of the films, and activities related to the day will be available soon via Pangea Day’s website, which will also stream the event live.

The event was inspired by the TED Prize wish of film-maker Jehane Noujaim. She dreamed of a day when people around the world could share the same film experience at the same time.

To find a screening near you, click here. To view Ms. Noujaim’s 2004 film on media coverage of the current war in Iraq, Control Room, click here.

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