United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of many partner organizations from around the world, including AFS Intercultural Programs, organize a yearly call for videos covering the topics of migration, diversity and social inclusion. With a link to intercultural dialogue, youth expression and the desire for peace and better understanding world-wide, this initiative is realized through PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival. Young people up to 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 are awarded prizes, and a special feature of this year’s edition of PLURAL+ was the AFS Intercultural Award.
Out of 254 videos from 71 countries which were submitted this year, twenty-five were chosen for awards. AFS had a tough job selecting the video with the best educational content and intercultural sensitivity, one which is most inspiring, supportive, connecting and trustworthy while offering a strong, original idea for creating a more just and peaceful world. Bearing all this in mind, the video “Correcting the Chalkboard” made by Wapikoni mobile has the honor to receive the 2013 AFS Intercultural Prize:
PLURAL+ recognizes youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions. By addressing key challenges related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social cohesiveness, both at local and global levels, youth proved that they are determined to create and shape the world they live in, in an extraordinarily creative way. We invite you to watch the other video submissions here and let us know what your main learning point from them is.