For the second year in a row AFS is proud to support the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with other many partner organizations from around the world.
PLURAL+ recognizes youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions.Young people under the age of 25 are asked to submit their short videos (not longer than 5 minutes) describing how their lives and communities are affected by these topics. The best entries in different age groups are awarded prizes by an international jury composed of renowned filmmakers and media personalities. AFS and other project partners also select and present their awards.
This year young people from 63 different countries submitted 175 short videos addressing key challenges related to topics such as migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, intercultural dialogue, human rights and social cohesiveness, both at local and global levels. AFS’ network-wide community of Intercultural Learning Responsibles had a tough job selecting the best one.
Of all the great video submissions received, representatives of 40+ AFS organizations found Blue Eyes by Al-Mothanna Al-Ghizzawi and Anas Yahya from Jordan to best meet our educational criteria, demonstrating strong intercultural sensitivity of content and style in a truly original way.
This video is also strongly linked to the AFS mission to raise awareness and promote intercultural understanding to create a more just and peaceful world, and it is also linked to AFS’ core values of being inspiring, supportive, connecting and trustworthy.
We commend Mothanna Al-Ghizzawi, Anas Yahya and their team for creating such a moving and meaningful message. We will be presenting the PLURAL+ 2014 AFS Intercultural Award to the video Blue Eyes at the 2014 Plural+ Video Award Ceremony scheduled to take place today, Thursday, 4 December 2014, at the Paley Center for Media in New York.
AFS will continue to support PLURAL+ and similar initiatives in the future. We invite you to watch all the video submissions here and to let us know what your main learning point from them is.