Jehane Noujaim :: TED prize wish

Visionary documentary filmmaker, TED Prize Winner, and Pangea Day founder Jehane Noujaim speaks to an audience of "the world's leading thinkers and doers" at the 2006 annual TED Conference. Watch and listen as she unveils her inspiring wish—to change the world through the power of film.

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TED prize acceptance speech

2006 TED Prize winner Jehane Noujaim is the gutsy filmmaker responsible for Control Room, an astonishing documentary about Al Jazeera's coverage of the Iraq war and the contrasting notions of truth expressed in the US media.

In this hopeful talk, she unveils her wish: a global acceptance of diversity, mediated through the power of film. The first step? Getting people to understand each other. In 2003, Noujaim gained access to both sides of the story of the Iraq war for Control Room, a dichotomy she illustrates with provocative clips of Al Jazeera journalist Sameer Khader and U.S. press officer Josh Rushing. Noujaim ends by outlining her plans for Pangea Day, an event in which people all over the world can watch the same films at the same time.

(Please note: this video contains strong language.)

:: CONTROL ROOM: See the trailer.

May 10 is Pangea Day, "the day the world comes together through film." Its goal is to tap the power of film to strengthen tolerance and compassion while uniting millions of people to build a better future.

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Trailer for Pangea Day.

Imagine! Kenya sings for India
One component of Pangea Day is a series of anthems prompted by the desire of leading film-makers 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 video set against the backdrops of Nairobi city and the beautiful landscape of Uhuru Park (Maasai country), in which a Kenyan choir sings the Indian national anthem.

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