'Tangerines' Is a Passionate Plea for Diplomacy and Coexistence

Pop Matters | Jul 31, 2015

Like Joyeux Noël (2005), The Last Samurai (2003), and The Pianist (2002), Tangerines is a war film about enemy soldiers who become friends after they are forced to interact with one another. The point is to highlight the various reasons why people fight, and then to show why these reasons are inadequate. [...] The film is a passionate plea for diplomacy and coexistence. Urushadze creates a cinematic world where enemy soldiers can lay down their weapons and have a conversation.

The Triennial World Ballet Festival brings Classics, Rarities, and International Dance Talent to Tokyo

Japan Times | Jul 31, 2015

In addition to cultural exchange, Malakhov sees the World Ballet Festival as a premium chance to get a look at the future of dance. [...] “It is a chance not only for the audience to see such a diverse range of professional dancers, but it is also a chance for the artists to watch and learn from their fellow dancers.”

Gallipoli Symphony Unites Former Foes

Sydney Morning Herald | Jul 31, 2015

"Essentially, the work brings together the best composers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey." [...]"I believe it is the largest piece of cultural diplomacy our country has ever created," he says.

Empowering African Youth Through People-to-People Exchanges

Dipnote | Jul 30, 2015

This month, President Obama is in Africa reaching out to the approximately 200 million people on the continent between the ages of 15 and 24. The United States is strengthening ties with this dynamic and fast-growing region, embracing what the President has described as “a new era of engagement, based on mutual interests and mutual respect…to advance the common security and prosperity of all people.”

Kindness Diplomacy: The Special Olympics "Healthy Athletes" Program

CPD Blog | Jul 30, 2015

The Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this week is extraordinary in its multifaceted reach. The Opening Ceremonies in front of 65,000 people in the Coliseum and on ESPN on Saturday was number one on Facebook. The competitions have been drawing full houses and an international television audience for the first time. Moreover, the lives of the athletes have been changed in ways no other sports competition achieves.

Global Leadership Summit Coming to Lima

The Lima News | Jul 30, 2015

For 20 years, the Global Leadership Summit has been inspiring, encouraging and equipping Christian leaders. When the event was first created, the target audience were mainly pastors. Over the years, the event has evolved to include leaders from all walks of ministry and life. Now the Lima area will have a chance to participate when Lima Community Church hosts a live simulcast of the event on Aug. 6 and 7.

How the Global Citizen Festival Smartly Stirs Social Media

Forbes | Jul 30, 2015

As ambitious as that may sound–trying to raise the living quality for the planet’s poorest billion people–Global Citizen, an innovative initiative to improve matters of poverty and inequality worldwide, has rapidly gained popularity and influence

African LGBTI Advocacy Group Gains Official Status

Erasing 76 Crimes | Jul 30, 2015

َAn Africa-based advocacy group working for continent-wide recognition of  the human rights of LGBTI Africans has won official recognition in South Africa. This tremendous gain will benefit Pan Africa ILGA and all its member organizations working to advance the rights of LGBTI people on the African Continent. 

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