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Showcasing Short Films From Around The World,
Featuring Talks by Christiane Amanpour, Queen Noor of Jordan and MoreTORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ - Citytv takes part in the premiere of the exciting
global initiative, Pangea Day. Tune into the 4-hour, live-broadcast of short
films and inspirational speakers from around the globe, Saturday, May 10, 2008
on Citytv.Broadcast Schedule is as Follows:
Citytv Toronto Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 2:00 pm ET
Citytv Winnipeg Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm CT
Citytv Calgary Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm MT
Citytv Edmonton Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm MT
Citytv Vancouver Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:00 am PTPangea Day, inspired by documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, is a 4-hour
celebration of films, inspirational messages and musical performances from
around the globe. Great minds and talent have lent their vision as Pangea Day
advisors including Goldie Hawn, JJ Abrams, Dave Stewart, Bob Geldof, Paul
Simon, Meg Ryan, Forest Whitaker, Mira Nair, Cameron Diaz, Jeff Skoll,
Lawrence Bender and many others. This inspirational event aims to be the
world's first "global campfire" bringing together people from all over the
world in a unique shared experience promoting empathy, compassion and
Approximately 24 short films have been selected from an international
competition that generated more than 2,500 submissions from over 100
countries. The films were chosen based on their ability to inspire, transform
and allow us to view the world through another person's eyes. Canadian
Director Zacharias Kunuk ("The Fast Runner") serves as a member of the jury.
Videos from students at the Native Education Centre, British Columbia's
largest private Aboriginal College, will also be featured in the program. As a
part of Pangea Day's mission to foster new generation of storytellers, Pangea
Day worked with Nokia to give each student a free video-enabled mobile phone
so these students could tell their stories on Pangea Day.
"The Native Education College is honored to have been a part of the
Pangea Day initiative which showcases the world-wide expression & sharing of
human values while at the same time bringing new technology to our First
Nations post secondary students." says Rasunah Marsden, Interim Academic Dean,
Native Education College, "We are proud to share our identity with others and
hope viewers will enjoy the contributions we have made."
The event features talks from CNN's Christiane Amanpour and Queen Noor of
Jordan among others and musical performances by Bob Geldof, Dave Stewart
(Eurythmics) and Iranian rock band Hypernova. The broadcast is expected to
reach an international audience of millions, through a multi-media platform
including television, web and mobile phones.
The program will feature audiences gathered in live broadcast locations
planned in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro as
well as some of the self-organized 'Friends of Pangea Day' events which are
being in over 100 different countries, including some Citytv markets across
"The first step to world peace is to have people meet each other," says
Pangea Day creator, Jehane Noujaim, "Pangea Day will provide individuals with
insight into the lives of people from different cultures - which I hope will
promote more understanding, and empathy around the globe."
"Participating in the live-broadcast of Pangea Day seemed like a natural
fit for Citytv," says Jamie Haggarty, Executive Vice President, Television
Operations, General Manager, Citytv, "Citytv provides the perfect platform for
this grassroots initiative which promotes the type of diversity that we value
and reflect in our programming".
Visit Citytv.com to find more details on the Pangea Day broadcast as well
as how to watch the live webcast.
About Pangea Day
Inspired by the 2006 TED Prize wish of documentary filmmaker Jehane
Noujaim, Pangea Day endeavors to bring the world together and promote
understanding and tolerance through film. Pangea Day is a celebration of what
unites us, rather than what divides us. Movies can't change the world. But the
people who watch them can. After May 10, Pangea Day organizers will facilitate
community-building activities around the world by connecting inspired viewers
with organizations doing groundbreaking work. For more information, visit
Catch this inspirational global event, when Pangea Day premieres
Saturday, May 10, 2008 on Citytv.
Citytv, with stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and
Winnipeg, broadcasts intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse
television in its own unique, interactive style. With its strong local voice,
Citytv offers a distinct alternative to other conventional television
offerings. Its instantly recognizable 'look' and 'sound' are the product of
refreshingly different on-air personalities, unique program formats and high
television style. Citytv is a division of Rogers Media Inc., a division of
Rogers Communications Inc.
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