What is Pangea Day?

Pangea Day was created by award-winning documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim in collaboration with the TED Conference after she won the prestigious TED Prize, which granted her a wish to change the world. Together, Jehane and TED have created Pangea Day to harness the power of film to enhance empathy, compassion and peace. See her full video from TED here…

What were the first steps?

Pangea Day organizers asked people around the world to create short films that would make people laugh, pause and think. More importantly, the Pangea Day organizers asked for films that would provide a powerful glimpse into various lives on universal subjects. Since the close of the February 15th submission deadline, Pangea Day has received 2,560 films from 105 countries. Noujaim and a jury of top filmmakers will select films to be screened on Pangea Day. If you didn’t submit a film but would like to participate visit the Get Involved or Host An Event pages for information and instructions.

What happens on Pangea Day?

Pangea Day will take place on May 10, 2008. Short films, interspersed with live music and speakers, will be screened simultaneously across the globe.

It will be a chance for people around the globe to see the world through someone else eyes. We’re calling it the world’s first global campfire. A campfire of stories made by the world for the world.

What will happens after Pangea Day?

All the films will be made available through the internet, and Pangea Day organizers will facilitate community-building activities around the world by connecting inspired people with extraordinary activists and organizations.

Who is Jehane Noujaim?

Jehane Noujaim is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films include startup.com and Control Room. In 2006, Jehane was awarded the prestigious TED prize. As a TED Prize winner, Jehane was asked to make a wish. Her wish was to bring the world together through the power of film. The seeds of Pangea Day were sown.

What was the inspiration for Pangea Day?

When Jehane Noujaim was screening Control Room, people repeatedly asked her what they could do to help heal the world’s conflicts. After seeing the amazing work being done by organizations in conflict regions, Noujaim realized that she should somehow harness the inspiration created by the film and connect these people directly to the people making these changes on the ground.

Why does Pangea Day believe in the power of film?

The media has “a powerful capacity to encourage global awareness thereby promoting cross-cultural understanding, tolerance and acceptance of ethnic, cultural, religious and gender differences in communities across the globe,” according to an October 2006 report by the Alliance of Civilizations Secretariat – a United Nations initiative.

Television and the internet have become powerful tools. A 2005 Business Week article reported that, “Fifteen to eighteen-year-olds average nearly 6 1/2 hours a day watching TV, playing video games, and surfing the Net.”

As stated in Benjamin Barber’s Jihad vs. McWorld, “It is time to recognize that the true tutors of our children are no longer the school teachers and university professors, but the filmmakers, advertising executives and pop culture purveyors.”

Pangea Day hopes to become the next tutor.

Are there sponsorship opportunities or other ways to help?

Sponsors and volunteers will play a large role in funding and organizing events around the globe for the launch of Pangea Day in May 2008. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Get Involved section of the Pangea Day site or contact us.

What is TED?

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from those worlds. Since then its scope has become even broader. This annual conference brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers and challenges them to give the talk of their lives.

What is the TED prize?

The TED Prize was created as a way of taking the inspiration, ideas, and resources that are generated at TED and use them to make a difference in the world.

The prize was introduced in 2005 and it is unlike any other award. Here’s why: Although the winners receive $100,000 – that’s the least of what they get – the real prize is that they are granted a wish. A wish to change the world.


What time is Pangea Day?

The 4-hour program will be broadcast live to the world on May 10th, 2008 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. PST (14:00-18:00, -4 GMT) through the Internet, television, digital cinemas, and mobile phones.

How can I access the Live Program on Pangea Day?

There are three ways to watch the live Pangea Day program on May 10:

  1. Television (local terrestrial or cable network): We expect hundreds of broadcasters around the world to carry the live program May 10, 2008. Watching a local broadcast is probably the most convenient option – and free unless the program is being carried on a cable network. We will post an initial list of broadcasters on this site in early April and continue to update it as new broadcasters sign on.
  2. Satellite: We will be beaming our broadcast (unencrypted) via satellite around the world for free. You will need special equipment that can be expensive to rent – prices vary depending on region – if your venue is not already equipped. We will post the satellite coordinates on this site closer to the day of the event.
  3. Digital/Internet: The Pangea Day broadcast will be streamed live on the Pangea Day website. It will be available for free to anyone who has an Internet connection, ideally a broadband or high-speed connection (cable or DSL) for best viewing.

Can Pangea Day pay for the satellite equipment or any other special equipment we might need?

Unfortunately, no. We do not have the funds to support local Friends of Pangea Day events. All arrangements for downlink, venue set-up, screens, and associated costs are the responsibility of the local organizer and/or venue.

Can we charge people for watching Pangea Day at our event?

No. Pangea Day cannot be used as a commercial endeavor to make money for the local organizer or venue. The Pangea Day broadcast is intended to be freely available to everyone.

For a full list of FAQs, please refer to the Friends of Pangea Day Toolkit.


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