Sunday, February 10, 2008

Help with Pangea Day


http://www.pangeaday.org/

Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, best known for her films Control Room (2004) and Startup.com (2001), is putting together a world day of movies and peace which she calls Pangea Day. She won the coveted TED Prize which galvanized her dream, and now she's wondering if the Netflix Community can help her find movies (or scenes in movies) that uniquely capture the spirit of world peace or human experience. In her words:
"If you had the entire world's attention for only a few minutes, what short film or scene would you show everyone? Movies have such a remarkable way to capture the commonality in us all, sometimes so little can be so inspiring. What would you show?"

Jehane came to the Netflix Community to see if y'all could come up with moments she had not. Only 88 days until Pangea Day. Got suggestions for her?

16 comments:

  1. Maybe this is too sappy, but I tell ya, the end of "It's a Wonderful Life" always gives me hope for humanity.

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  2. Christmas Truce in Joyeux Noel; and Oh What a Lovely War

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  3. You probably need the context, but I found Matt Dillon pulling Thandie Newton out of that car in 'Crash' to be a pretty good 'better angels of our nature' moment.

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  4. The Rape Scene from " Irreversible "

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  5. Jeld, maybe you're being ironic, but isn't that one of the most barbaric scenes ever filmed?

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  6. Well it did say it wanted to " capture the spirit of world peace or human experience "

    I thought that it would fit in the " human experiance " part of it.

    You can't get away with saying that this world is nice.

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  7. I'd show the scene in 'Ma vie en rose' when the boy is singing along with the theme song to his favourite tv show. Though without context, I'm not sure it would show his determination to define himself or his Grandmother's desire to be understanding. I'm a sucker for anyone willing to stand up to his peers and everyone else even, perhaps especially, when it is something so small from an outside perspective. And when someone else is trying to be open-minded with something they never thought they'd face, I think it becomes something we've all experienced.

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  8. End of Gone With the Wind - Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!

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  9. The very end of "Dr. Strangelove". Right when Peter Sellers stands up and says: "Mein Fuhrer, I can walk!"

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  10. Well, this is all pretty dismal stuff! Guess we've all seen too many eye-opening movies to be optimistic about the future....

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  12. I thought Pangea was about filmmakers submitting original works?? That's what I got from the TED Conference documentary.

    Anyhow, IN THE LIGHT OF REVERANCE is Great: about restoring Native American Sacred Lands.. And I'd loved segments from SORCERESS by Suzanne Schiffman to be shown. About a Nature Healer oppressed by a Heretic hunter during the Inquisition.

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  13. I just saw "Amazing Grace."
    Fox's (Michael Gambon's) speech at the end about heroes fits your criteria.

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  14. For the global campfire, scenes from any of the following would make a nice collage: CHILDREN'S / YOUNG PEOPLE'S EXPERIENCE ~ Pay It Forward; The Blue Butterfly; Mad Hot Ballroom; The Education of Little Tree; Babe: Pig in the City; Bend It Like Beckham; Kundun. GENERAL INSPIRATIONAL: Baraka (multicultural collage - important to include); The Great New Wonderful; Star Trek: The Motion Picture; ET: The Extraterrestial (Phone Home ... a meditation on our true nature as spirit); Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring; Buena Vista Social Club (friendship). THE DIFFERENTLY ABLED: Touch the Sound; A Beautiful Mind (shows the ultimate illusory nature of the arms race - definitely a must include!). THE SENIOR EXPERIENCE: On Golden Pond ("You're my knight in shining armor.").

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  15. closing the chapter to the munich olympic games tradegy by bringing arab and israel olympic delegations together for the first time in olympc history, pls visit www.meor1996.org as a great start for peace and humanity. john

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