Sunday, May 11, 2008

Amazing 4 hours for me...

A simple wish by filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, TED prize winner in 2006 -a reality yesterday. Her wish was to create a day in which the world came together through film. Pangea Day grew out of that wish.

So yesterday, few of us gathered at home at 20:00 Zurich time when the Pangea day was about to be broadcasted live across everywhere in the world.

4 amazing, touching hrs where you saw some of the most fascinating films, visionary speakers, musicians, people from various parts of the world - Touching & powerful messages about how people are working towards from a shared vision of the world.

One of the most touching pieces for me was a brief conversation shown between a Palestinian and an Israeli who shared their experience. Both said they had lost their children killed by each other's country men. And their message of togetherness saying that there are more Israeli and Palestinians who want peace between them and the entire conversation was extremely powerful.

They said when they lost their children, they had a lot of anger and suffering. They said that for people to reconcile in these countries in particular is NOT that they don't want peace, but because they CANNOT live with the suffering and pain inflicted on them. They dont know what to do with the anger.

"There's no way to peace. Peace is the way. You do peace first without any condition." said the guy.

This story of forgiveness and spreading this message by talking to such families from both these countries was one amongst countless other stories told yesterday and a simple idea of bringing the world together through films was breathtaking.

Some people might think it to be idealistic and feel comfortable in their own bubble.

Yes, may be a film won't change the world - but the people who watched those films CAN.

Thank you for an amazing inspiring 4 hrs yesterday.