This video combines both films from our collaborative project between students in Islamabad, Pakistan and Bangalore, India.
The Virtual Dinner Guest Project is based upon a simple premise:
It's harder to ignore, vilify, or harm those we have broken bread with.
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Who we are and what we do:
We connect communities from around the world at their dinner tables... and then challenge them to make collaborative films that dig for answers you won't find in the headlines.
Each Virtual Dinner Guest Project programming cycle connects groups from two countries for a videoconference call, and a shared meal. Our initial encounters are moderated discussions that focus on the collaborative deconstruction of the dominant media narratives that our respective countries have about the other.
At the end of the meal, each group poses a question to their fellow Virtual Dinner Guests, at the other end of the virtually contiguous dinner table. These questions then become the basis for parallel media projects, and the content is then shared online.
We are building a grassroots 'news network', a repository of collaborative media projects that offer unfiltered street-level perspectives, from around the world.
We seek to provide the most representative cross section of our communities possible. That said, it should be noted that The Virtual Dinner Guest Project is non-partisan and non-sectarian, and the many (and often conflicting) views that you will hear, do not necessarily represent our own, or those of our collaborative partners.
We are a grass roots movement, in need of support.
Our ultimate goal? Take this concept to a global scale, integrating it into university classes, civil society programming, and media outlets around the world, with a special emphasis on connecting communities in conflict.
Our mission? We intend to promote a global cultural shift in the way individuals and communities view their relationships to news media, from one of passive consumption, to one of collaborative production, across borders, and political and cultural divisions. We are a media literacy training module, a mechanism for transforming conflict, a citizen journalism crash course... and aim to be a stand alone media outlet, where people can come to glean street level perspectives from people around the world.
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