-Cultural Diversity Awareness-
Berkeley, USA. 2004-2010
24h unedited video footage (plan sequences) available online on their website; here are the trailers:
Our mission is to collaboratively build a video library of human life experience that reshapes how we as both producers and viewers conceive of cultures, nations and people outside of our own communities.Framed by the arc of the day and conveyed through the intimacy of video, we have slowly and faithfully captured 24 continuous hours in the lives of 10 people from around the world [China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malawi, Serbia, Brazil, USA]. They are screened here in their own right, but also in relation to one another.There is no narrative other than that which is found in the composition of everyday life, no overt interpretations other than that which you may bring to it.By extending the long take to a certain extreme and infusing it with the spirit of cinema verité, we invite audiences to confer close attention onto other worlds, and simultaneously reflect upon their own. The force and depth of human difference and similarity are revealed in this process. Gaps which mark cultural divides feel, at once, both wider and narrower. This sense - that we, as humans, are both knowable and unknowable, fundamentally different as well as the same - opens a space for dialogue.
- Rumi Nagashima - Tokyo, Japan (July 2007) [trailer offline]
- Muttu Kumar - Hampi, India (March 7, 2009) [trailer offline]
- Zhanna Dosmailova - Vannovka, Kazakhstan (October, 2009) [trailer offline]