And really awesome I might add.
“Pangea Day was an international film festival and multimedia event conducted on May 10, 2008. Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro were linked to produce a 4-hour program of films, music and speakers. The program was broadcast live across the globe from 1800 to 2200 UTC, culminating in a global drum circle, symbolizing the common heartbeat of the world. According to the festival organizers, “Pangea Day plans to use the power of film to bring the world a little closer together.” Pangea Day originated in 2006 when documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim won the TED Prize. Jehane wished to use film to bring the world together. Pangea refers to the supercontinent from which all current continents eventually separated. It serves as a reminder of the “connectedness” or unitary nature of all people on Planet Earth.” ~Wikipedia
Call for Entries Promo:
Jehane really wanted to make a difference with film and thought that by doing this it would help us understand each other. I was in Seattle at the time and could not make it to any of the several venues that were hosting live events. So I spent a couple hours with my twin daughters experiencing it live on our home computer. They really enjoyed it and to this day still remember it. There were some great films showcased and you really had this sense of a global phenomenon.
Pangea Day: The First 20 Minutes
But now, because of the proliferation of the internet with mobile phones (Nokia was the mobile phone reigning champion back then and the main sponsor of the event.) and social media, that same sense of globalization that we felt that day we all kind of take for granted nowadays. So if Pangea Day had happened today, it might not feel as special as it did then. For one, YouTube is the new Global Film Festival having been created just 3 years earlier. But I still think it was a really cool idea and I wish it had continued (it only happened once.) I think it would have been a great way to bring the world together. I hope one day someone does it again.
They had some really cool films. I tried to lookup the original pangeaday.org site to get a sense of what it was like and to see some of the old short films but, unfortunately, the original site is gone.
As Pangea Day fades into history, I researched to see if I could dig up any of the old films and I was able to find some on the Pangea Day YouTube Channel. I wonder what some of these filmmakers are doing now since that day in 2008.
Unfortunately, the world seems further apart than ever with wars, terrorism and rumors of wars spreading like locusts across the world. We need more events like Pangea Day than ever before.
Do you remember Pangea Day? What did you think? What were your favorite films?
Some of the short films:
Jehane Noujaim’s Original Ted Talk: