Imagine! Japan sings for Turkey

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Pangea Day:
May 10, 2008

Here the Japanese troupe performs the Turkish national anthem.

The director chose the Turkish anthem because of the historical friendship between the two countries. In 1864, the frigate Ertugrul was constructed in Istanbul. The government sent the Ertugrul with Commander Pasha and his crew to Japan. The voyage turned out to be fatal; except for 69 survivors, the Pacific Ocean claimed the lives of Pasha and his men. Deeply saddened by the tragic event, the Japanese Government helped the few survivors return to Istanbul, bringing with them the condolences of the Japanese Government. The historic event of the Ertugrul tragedy was memorialized in Oshima as a mark of friendship of the Japanese people for Turkey.

Leading film-makers are seeking to change the way we think about other countries. What would you think of Kenyans singing the Indian national anthem? Australians singing the Lebanese national anthem? Japanese singing the Turkish national anthem? French people singing the US anthem?

Watch this anthem series, which will be shown on Pangea Day, May 10, "the day the world comes together through film".

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Trailer for Pangea Day.

Imagine! Kenya sings for India
Set against the backdrops of Nairobi city and the beautiful landscape of Uhuru Park (Maasai country), a Kenyan choir sings the Indian national anthem.

Imagine! Australia sings for Lebanon
An Australian choir sings the Lebanese national anthem. The director chose this anthem as a gesture of friendship following the racially motivated riots at Cronulla Beach, a beach-front suburb of Sydney, in 2005.

Imagine! France sings for USA
A French choir sings the United States national anthem.

Imagine! USA sings for Mexico
Here a choir from the USA sings the Mexican anthem along the fence that divides the US from Mexico.

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