NEWS: GFI Joins the UNAOC Global Forum

UNAOC_logoFounder and Board Chair Susan Weeks Coulter travels to Vienna this week to take part in the UNAOC panel on media and intercultural dialogue…

Every year, the Global Film Initiative makes it presence known around the world—via screenings, grants and most visibly, attendance of festivals and film industry events (the most recent of which are Goa, and upcoming Guadalajara).

But this is just one dimension of our global identity.  As many of you know, we often present on education and cultural diplomacy via the arts, and using film as a tool to rethink how we connect as communities, cultures and societies.  And every now and then, we do this with a few thousand colleagues…

This week, Susan Weeks Coulter, GFI’s Founder and Board Chair will attend the 5th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Vienna, Austria as an invited guest and featured speaker on the panel “Entertainment Media:  Engaging Audiences with Intercultural Dialogue”:

Does “entertainment media” have a responsibility in the development of a world with less cultural and religious tensions and polarizations? And if yes, what sort of responsibility? This session will highlight media practices that engage mainstream audiences towards awareness and better understanding of intercultural dialogue issues: from migration topics, to religious minorities, to media representation of “the other” etc. – from the UNAOC 5th Global Forum panel “Entertainment Media:  Engaging Audiences with Intercultural Dialogue” [more]

Featured speaker at the UNAOC 5th Global Forum:  Susan Weeks Coulter, Founder and Board Chair, The Global Film Initiative

Featured speaker at the UNAOC 5th Global Forum: Susan Weeks Coulter, Founder and Board Chair, The Global Film Initiative

It’s a compelling discussion, and one that’s catching fire in a number of sectors and circles.  For GFI, this is our first presentation at the Forum, and it runs congruent with our recent “stepping out” into this new space and dialogue regarding media, diplomacy and international development (i.e., our presentations at the Council on Foreign Relations, China Institute and of course, in Sierra Leone).

So, stay tuned.  Susan’s panel presentation is this Thursday, February 28th and we’ll have a full recap next week.  In the interim, take a look at all the panels and presentations at the Forum, and the UNAOC mission—it makes perfect sense that we’d be there.

 

 

 

 

 

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