CID’s first video competition is now over, and the judges have reviewed all the videos. As a reminder, the instructions were to answer the question “What does intercultural dialogue look like?” in 90-120 seconds, on video.
An award of excellence goes to Victoria Wasner. She is doctoral student in Education at Durham University (UK). Judges praised her video as well put together, and said it truly got at the essence of intercultural dialogue. They found it entertaining, and liked the mix of music, still photos, and video clips.
Title: ‘Learning about, with and from each other’
Description: “Intercultural dialogue is ultimately about learning. We have to learn about each other so that we do not become culturally ignorant or blind to the reality of others whom we encounter. We have to learn with each other so that we can feel what it is like to live the reality of others. We have to learn from each other so that we understand that others have something to give us, not only that we may have something to give them. This short video captures moments from short visits of students and teachers at an international school in Switzerland to our friends in Orissa, India. When going there, it is the human contact that is important and the willingness to learn and let go of what we think we know about the world. I am a teacher, a researcher and ultimately a human being who believes in the transformative power of education. Intercultural dialogue is a vital part of that education.”
There were first, second and third place winners, as well as 3 videos that merited awards of excellence. Each of these is being highlighted in a separate post, as they warrant our attention. My thanks to the judges of the competition, professionals who made time to review student videos. Thanks also to all the competitors, who took the time to really think about the question of how to show intercultural dialogue visually.
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue