Christian Long

Jehane Noujaim: Inspires a Global Day of Film

In TED Talks on May 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Reflection by MATT S.

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Jehane Noujaim:  Inspires a Global Day of Film

When first looking at the title of this video I thought it was going to be about film and movies but it wasn’t. Well she did show a film but the film was about her topic that she is trying to get out.

After watching this video I could see that this video was not about film but something more and greater.

From watching this video I understood it that she wants war to stop and world peace. I think that everyone wants that for the safety of all and the lives of millions. She talks about how she thinks that we don’t have war peace because our means of communication are poor and that we can’t get the message out to all the world.

Jouhane says that people fight because they don’t know the oppositions perspective and just hear the first thing that they hear and they don’t even try to hear the other side of the story and reason. For example, at the end of World War I when president Wilson proposed the 14 points, it didn’t work very well because he didn’t tell any of the European countries about his plan. It’s all about communication and how you spread your ideas about world peace. If no one gets the message that your side is going to stop fighting then the other is going to keep on attacking and killing many of your people. And no one wants that to happen ever.

I believe that the other point she talks about is true. Soldiers and commanders in the army don’t or won’t ever listen to the other side of the story and just think that the opposing side is always wrong. They need to listen one time and maybe the fighting would never happen. Another reference to World War I is a quote from the Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Lloyd George. He said, “It was something into whcih they (the European nations)…staggered and stumbled…and a discussion, I have no doubt, would have averted it.” One simple meeting to discuss terms that they could agree on could have stopped World War I but no, they had to be hard headed and one of the worst wars in history happened. All because of no communication of nations.


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