Pangea Day: May 10th

This event, described by David Pogue in the NY Times, is an extraordinary project made possible by recent technology.  I strongly recommend visiting the project’s website, which is full of information.

 “Pangea Day endeavors to bring the world together and promote understanding and tolerance through film.” Over 2,500 movies were submitted from 102 countries; the Pangea committee winnowed them down to 24 short movies, which will all be shown on May 10 in a four-hour marathon.

So where is this film festival taking place? All over the world, simultaneously — at 1,500 sites, and counting.

Live broadcasts will take place simultaneously in Cairo (at the Pyramids), Kigali, London, Los Angeles (at Sony Pictures Studios), Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro. At these big-ticket venues, big names like Christiane Amanpour of CNN will serve as presenters. Selected movie theaters all over the world will participate.

You may also be able to watch the broadcast on TV; in this country, Current TV will air it on cable.

But the majority of the festival sites will be less formal. The whole thing will be streamed live over the Internet, available in seven languages. So anyone can invite a few friends over and become an impromptu festival site. Or you can just sit there by yourself and watch it on your computer.

What makes the whole thing so cool is that it’s so global and so wired. In fact, its the wiredness that makes it possible; it never could have happened 10 years ago.

To watch the broadcast, find out which TV channels are showing it, watch some celebrity endorsements, see amazing music videos of different countries singing *each other’s* national anthems, or to organize your own viewing party, visit