Pangea Day Retrospective

Jehane Noujaim

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Pangea Day – in Videos

Pangea Day — in quotes

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Pangea Day’s fabulous line-up of thought-provoking, inspirational speakers produced no less stellar a collection of memorable quotes and priceless bits of wisdom. A small sampling of what we heard:

“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 repsonbility to expose ourselves to our world, to see our common humanity, to learn about other people — not only in times of war, but in times of peace. ” – Ishmael Beah, former child soldier and advocate for peace

“When we look at the earth from space, we can see ourselves, our species, in its brave struggle. Yes, we’re troubled inhabitants of a small planet, but we’re also dreamers of dreams.” – Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco

“Humans are — and must be — sensitive to differences. But we should find hope in realizing how rich and numerous our commonalities are.” – Anthropologist Donald Brown, author of Human Universals

“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

When we laugh, we change. And when we change, the world changes.” — Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the International Laughter Club

“I feel like a hack… I feel I could be doing more… I feel sexy… I just want to feel alive for the first time in my life… I feel so much of my Dad in me that there isn’t room for me.” — A selection of feelings, sampled live from the Internet, by conceptual artist Jonathan Harris

“We have the capacity and tendency to separate ‘us’ from ‘them.’ Once established, we’re more tolerant to those we call ‘us’ and more brutal toward ‘them.’ But increasingly, science shows there’s no limit to who we define as ‘us.’ Eventually, someday, there might not be any more ‘thems.'” – Psychologist Robert Kurzban

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


Responses to TED

Here follows just a small sample of the thousands of comments we’ve already received.

Barbara A. from Mexico
This has been one of the most inspiring and beautiful events I have ever experienced.
Let’s never forget what we all felt and experienced today.

Organizer DR from Dominican Republic
As the only organizer of a public event in the Dominican Republic I was pleased incredibly. The show exceeded my expectations completely…

karima saad from United Kingdom
I am speechless. But i am sure of one thing, that while i was attending Pangea Day in London, those 4 hours were felt as if i was part of the whole world as one community, rather than countries divided by borders.

Cmsilva from Portugal
We joined 45 in a private event in portugal. It was great. Next year we’ll be more, for sure.

Carolyn from United States
Thank you for doing this. I laughed, I cried, I was enlightened, I was moved and touched and inspired. I watched almost the whole thing without getting up. Too bad I had to watch it alone…

Marina from Brazil
If I had to express my experience in words, I would not be able to. These were the best movies I have seen as an expression of art. And all the movies combined, just changed my way of thinking….

Marcosncosta from China
Loved the event. Hope next year it can be bigger and better.

Galleher from United States
The Alaskans gathered in Anchorage to be witness to this global campfire were inspired and appreciative

LIDIA from Argentina
I didn’t know that Pangea existed. I feel too moved to speak and happy that so many people feel that really all of us are ONE.

Biriscalin from Romania
We all are “Pangea Day”. We all represent one earth, one life. Now is time to act !

RicardoSilva from Portugal
I’ve been using the internet since the 90’s, but this is truly the first time that I feel that here, for brief hours, was a global community talking. I hear people from Canada to Pakistan, Shanghai, New Zealand, Chile, Romania…

CassieBrady from United States
I have always dreamed of a united world. I never knew how to act on my dreams, so I am so happy that it is finally happening. Imagine peace. Imagine a global community not separate countries. This is what the world needs.

Jacqui from Jamaica
I wish that this had been a public event here in Jamaica for people from all walks of society to see. It was truly a spectacular event , I sat riveted in front of the television.

Sana from United Arab Emirates
Hugs and love from United Arab Emirates…. It aint little…Its a big start considering we are thousands of miles apart and felt the same last night…

Light Sister from United States
Thank you all so much for this World Consciousness Raising Event. In my 59 plus years of life, I have never felt so hopeful about the direction this world is taking…

Nabeelkarim from Pakistan
There are matters greater than that of political, economical and social nature…they are the environmental and humanitarian ones!!! it is clear that a change is required…and each and every one of us can make a difference.

Marcusmeisel from Austria
Austria says thank you for all this work of love, passion, and devotion that went into realizing this dream come true.

Danna from United States
Pangea Day was an incredibly inspiring event!! It brought me both tears of joy and sadness on several occasions. Best four hours spent in front of the television EVER!

Divamover from United States
Several hours after the “end” of Pangea Day 2008, I am especially moved to see such an outpouring of support and longing from the US. I cannot help but believe that there are many in the US who want a united world…

Umc59 from Canada
i just stumbled onto the last half hour of the pangea day show here in toronto and am sooooo happy i did. i’m 48 yrs old and i got the most wonderful feeling of finally belonging to a community that speaks to me.

Rhea from India
I am 23 years old and I just finished watching the Pangea Day broadcast. it’s 4:00 am here and I couldn’t go to bed without writing to you and telling you how beautiful, thought provoking it was.

Nabeelkarim from Pakistan
Just for starter…each one of us could just start by helping just one person/or doing something good…..once a day….

IBelieve from Canada
Hello World; What an amazing day! I laughed, shed tears of joy, smiles of love, and tears of compassion.

Sherryl from Australia
A powerful vision and enormous drive has brought Jehane’s dream to reality. Confucius c. 500BC said; In his teaching the wise man …opens the way but does not take them to the place. Pangea Day has opened the way….

The Mother of Pangea Day

Jehane Noujaim

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Well, it’s Saturday evening here, and, for four hours today, I was not really in Kettering, Ohio in my studio apartment. I was in New York City, Rio de Janeiro, London, Dharamsala, Cairo, Jerusalem, and Kigali plus many other venues that sponsored the Pangea Day event.

If you knew nothing about it or want to know more or want to relive the experience, it’s all archived at the Pangea Day Web Site.

In this hopeful talk, Jehane Noujaim unveils her 2006 TED Prize wish:
to bring the world together through the power of film.

And, she did it !!!

Thank You Messages to Jehane Noujaim

“The Pangea Day blog has received an outpouring of thanks to Jehane Noujaim — whose vision was the basis for this unique, inspiring world event — from friends in her hometown of Cairo, Egypt:

“Jehane, this is May El Hosseny. I hope I was in Pangea Day to share my wish, I hope it will come true. I hope one day I can deliver a message or more. Love from the pyramids. Egypt needs people in love to show about true life. Thank you anyway. I’ll do my best to be a film director that can send a message all over the worlddd! Neufo!”

“Keep us close.” — Ismail Barrada

“You give us hope in a world that has so little of it.” — Shahir Maged

“Echta gidden!! Gidden gidden! Ani ani ani!” — Karin El Dib

“Jehane congratulations on bringing the world together, setting an example for people all over the world to get together in an imaginary common consciousness, facilitated by the power of film images and words that resonate. I hope your wish, Pangea Day, becomes an opportunity for people to change from passive recipients of information and images, to agents of change in their everyday lives. Mabrouk, Pangea Day was awesome!” — Karina Shalaby

“Jehane, your wish almost killed me but it was worth it. I love ya.” — Stu your cous

“Jehane, your wish almost killed my husband but it was worth it. Congratulations! What a beautiful day.” — Amanda

“Dear Jehanie, a beautiful job that expressed your wish well — most proud of you! With love and a hug.” — Mom

“Love ya. We miss you.” — Pop

Thanks, Jehane!

Act now.

The following organizations, each with international reach, are making specific calls to action on Pangea Day. Please take a moment to express your voice on an important social issue or fund a life-changing project. – The World in Action
Stop the clash of civilizations. Support peace in the Middle East.
Take action

Charity: Water
Make the right to clean water a reality.
Take action

Interfaith Youth Core – Building a Global Interfaith Youth Movement
Experience religious pluralism; get involved in an interfaith dialogue or community service project.
Take action

Kiva – Loans That Change Lives
Lend as little as $25 to an entrepreneur in the developing world today.
Take action – A UNHCR Education and Sports Campaign
Give refugee children worldwide the chance to learn and play.
Take action

ONE – The Campaign to Make Poverty History
Fight global poverty. Join ONE.
Take action

United Nations Population Fund
Stand up for women and protect maternal health.
Take action

The We Campaign – We Can Solve the Climate Crisis
Call on world leaders to prevent the worst consequences of global warming.
Take action

WITNESS – See It. Film It. Change It
Sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and tell your story.
Take action

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Pangea Day’s History

In 2006, filmmaker Jehane Noujaim won the TED Prize, an annual award granted at the TED Conference, which honors three individuals with the potential to change the world. She was granted $100,000 and — more important — a wish to change the world. She wished to create a day in which the world came together through film. Pangea Day grew out of that wish. The event has been taken forward by Noujaim, in conjunction with TED and the Pangea Day staff, led by Executive Director Delia Cohen.

Watch Jehane Noujaim’s 2006 acceptance speech for the TED Prize

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s on the program for Pangea Day?

Pangea Day is a 4-hour program of short film, live music and talks. You can find the lineup of films, musicians, and speakers at

What time is Pangea Day?

The 4-hour program will be broadcast live to the world on May 10, 2008, 18:00 – 22:00 GMT on TV, the Web, and mobile phones and in select digital cinemas. Find your local time here >>

How can people watch Pangea Day?

There are 7 ways to watch the Pangea Day program on May 10, 2008:

  1. At a Friends of Pangea Day event: Watch the program at locally organized Friends of Pangea Day events around the world, from a large Berlin theater to a bedouin camp in the Sahara. Find the full listing of events here >>
  2. On television (local terrestrial or cable network): Broadcasters around the world will carry the live program on May 10, 2008. Find the list of broadcasters here >>
  3. Online: We will be streaming our broadcast online at
  4. At one of six live broadcast locations: Pangea Day will be broadcast live from Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro. Tickets are available to some of these broadcast locations. Find more here >>
  5. Via commercial satellite: We will be beaming our broadcast via broadcast satellite around the world. Some approved venues with commercial downlink capabilities will be able to receive the broadcast this way. (Note: This broadcast cannot be received on home satellite dishes.) Contact for more information.
  6. By mobile phone: Watch selected content from Pangea Day on your phone via Nokia’s new video-sharing site,
  7. In a movie theater: Cinemas around the world will carry the Pangea Day program live in digital projection. A few theaters taking part: Bryn Mawr Film Institute near Philadelphia; Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, FL; Cinema Nova in Melbourne, Australia … learn more >>

Who’s involved?

Pangea Day’s advisory board includes film-world luminaries such as producer JJ Abrams (Lost), actor Forest Whitaker, and musician/activist Bob Geldof. See the full list here. Pangea Day’s key global partner is Nokia. Find more about this partnership here >>

How can I contact a local Friends of Pangea Day event in my town?

Use the global event map to find a public Friends of Pangea Day party in your area. Hosts are encouraged to invite and include local press. You can also contact Pangea Day for official comment by emailing

Where can I download photos and briefing documents?

You can find film stills, photos of speakers, hosts and musicians, regional briefing documents, and much more information on our media resources site. Write to for password access, subject line “Media Request”