Youth against discrimination

Children and Young People Use Video Cameras to Fight Intolerance

Source: Anna Lindh Foundation

The award winners of PLURAL+, the international youth-produced video festival on migration, identity and diversity, will be announced at a gala event on 18 December 2009 in New York.

As part of an initiative launched in the joint collaborative framework of the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the Anna Lindh Foundation, and carried out in partnership with the International Organization for Migration and regional partners, young people from across the Mediterranean region and wider world have been using video cameras to create their vision of a global community free of prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination and intolerance.

Recognizing youth as powerful agents of social change in a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, PLURAL+ is aimed at involving youth in addressing the key challenges in their community related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social cohesiveness.

More that 150 entries from 36 countries around the world were received. Members of the PLURAL+ International Jury, including prestigious film industry personalities such as award winning Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami and New York Film Festival Director Richard Peña will announce the awards on 18 December – International Migrants Day – at an awards gala attended by senior UN representatives at the Paley Center for Media in New York.

PLURAL + is organized by the UN Alliance of Civilisations and the International Organisation for Migration in collaboration with partners including the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, Chinh India, UNESCOCat, Red Unial, COPEAM, BakaFORUM, Roots & Routes, NoGhetto, Al Jadeed Television and UNICEF.

For more information, visit:   www.unaoc.org/pluralplus