About Pangea Day
The Pangea Day Mission & Purpose
In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it's easy to lose sight of what we all have in common.
Pangea Day seeks to overcome that — to help people see themselves in others — through the power of film.
The Pangea Day Event
The first-ever Pangea Day took place on May 10, 2008.
Locations in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro were linked for a live program of powerful films, live music, and visionary speakers. The entire event was broadcast — in seven languages — to millions via the internet, television, and mobile phones.
Throughout the day, we heard from an extraordinary lineup of speakers and musical performers: Queen Noor of Jordan, CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Lisa Ling, Dave Stewart and friends, Gilberto Gil, and Iranian rock phenoms Hypernova were among those taking part.
Words from Those Who Were There
"This has been my dream to have such day for years, and today I see it come to reality!"
-Farsheed, an Iranian-Canadian 'global citizen'
"I'm 48 yrs old and got the most wonderful feeling of finally belonging to a community that speaks to and for me."
-Ursula of Toronto, formerly of Kircubbin, Northern Ireland
"I did not intend to spend hours in front of the TV today but I could not turn it off. You have re-introduced hope in my life…"
-Lisa, Victoria, BC
"Coming from a third world country, which has a terrible reputation worldwide…the events…made me feel a lot better. That maybe there is some hope."
-Fizza in Pakistan
"That evening in Kigali Jali Gardens will be always a remarkable day in my life. From the loneliness when I was hiding during genocide, when I was 11 years old. Fourteen years after I can feel the world around me through this event."
-Dukundane in Rwanda
See more of the comments we received and read all about the event on our blog.
Words from Those Who Spoke, Sang, or Performed
"By sharing stories, we've started the process of turning strangers into friends."
-Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, TED Prize winner and founder of Pangea Day
"We have a responsibility to expose ourselves to our world, to see our common humanity, to learn about other people…"
- Ishmael Beah, former child soldier and advocate for peace
"If we are to prosper together in our increasingly small world, we must listen to — and learn from each other's stories."
-Queen Noor of Jordan
"How can films change the world? They can't, but the people who watch them can. By changing minds, we change the world."
-Actress Cameron Diaz
"As an International reporter for the last 18 years, I have witnessed firsthand the destructive power of fear and ignorance of people and cultures who are different. But, I've also seen the possibility and the power when people choose to overcome the impulse to dehumanize the other. I have traveled the religious, social, cultural, ethnic fault lines from Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, all over the world. Even today, Israel, Palestine, the United States versus Iran, the US vs. North Korea. But, I have witnessed the power of let's call it the Pangea Day principle: when even for a few minutes or a few hours human to human contact can triumph where people to people diplomacy can cut through and show our leaders and all of us what really is possible and that there is another way."
-International Reporter Christiane Amanpour
"All my life I've spent working for causes of coexistence both in South Africa and here. I was looking for a way to stop the cycle of violence. Nothing for me is more sacred than the human life. No revenge or hatred can ever bring my child back…Let us put an end to the killing and look for a way through mutual understanding and empathy to live a normal life, free of violence."
-Parents' Circle Families Forum member Robi Damelin
What Happens Now?
Those inspired by Pangea Day will have the opportunity to connect with activists and organizations participating in community-building activities around the world.
Sign up for our mailing list to be the first to hear about future Pangea Day plans and the DVD release date. It's as simple as entering your email address in the "Are you on our list?" box on the right-hand side of this page.
How It All Started
In 2006, filmmaker Jehane Noujaim won the TED Prize, an annual award granted at the TED Conference. She was granted $100,000, and more important, a wish to change the world. Her wish was to create a day in which the world came together through film. Pangea Day grew out of that wish. Watch Jehane Noujaim's 2006 acceptance speech now.