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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Indonesia won Democracy Video Challenge

As I believe Indonesia has many smart, creative, and talented young people in many areas. They won many international competitons including in science and arts. Now I must be proud of Adhyatmika who has won Democracy Video Challenge.

Who is Adhyatmika? He was born in Jakarta, Adhyatmika is a graduate of the Puttnam School of Film, Lasalle College of The Arts in Singapore. He developed a passion for filmmaking while still in high school and his work has since been featured at international film festivals.

He sees film as a medium that transcends geography, race and age. Intrigued by the Democracy Video Challenge topic, he said democracy is a subjective term that is not easily defined. He “played around” with the idea and “created a rather surreal satirical comedy about democratic life in Indonesia. "Democracy is not a thing,” he said, “it’s a process.”

As a first winner, he with other five other winners will be invited to Washington D.C., Hollywood dan New York City in September.

Below I attach Press Release of 2010 winners.

Congratulations to Adyatmika!!! You rock, man!!!

Click this picture below to watch his winning video!

DEMOCRACY IS… PARTNERS UNVEIL 2010 DEMOCRACY VIDEO CHALLENGE WINNERS
The World Embraces Six Powerful Voices on Democracy

Washington, D.C. – June 21, 2010 – Today the Democracy is… partners announce the results of the 2010 Democracy Video Challenge and unveil the six grand prize winners. With thousands of public views, comments and votes, each of the winning videos has captivated a global audience.

“The thought-provoking creativity and diverse messages of self-expression revealed in this year’s winning videos are unprecedented,” said William Reese, President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation “Every day we work with youth around the world, helping them become catalysts for positive change in their communities, and these winning videos speak directly to that desire. We are thrilled to collaborate with these filmmakers and leverage their work to inspire young people around the world.”

Hundreds of thousands of engaged citizens from all corners of the globe viewed the 18 finalist videos on YouTube www.youtube.com/democracychallenge during the online voting period May 15-June 15, 2010. Six winning videos garnered the most votes in each regional category and earned each filmmaker an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C., Hollywood and New York City in September.

The Democracy Video Challenge 2010 winners are:

Adhyatmika from Indonesia: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGIVYm-v3kM
Farbod Khoshtinat from Iran: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI6oOgG-HRg
Joel Marsden from Spain: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rK2WPtzAnk
Juan Pablo Patiño Arévalo from Colombia: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVW-9wGXrrw
Anup Poudel from Nepal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52mmgGmuMmo
Yared Shumete from Ethiopia: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqWFb852eDk

The Democracy is… global conversation, created by a unique public-private partnership, leverages social networks and various creative tools to engage people around the world to share, consider, debate, and learn from diverse perspectives on democracy. The Democracy Video Challenge initiated the global conversation and asks people around the world to complete the phrase “Democracy is…” through short videos, submitted online. Since its launch two years ago, more than 1,600 people from over 110 countries have submitted entries and spurred the online engagement of over 2.5 million people. The conversation has expanded into offline activities including conferences, film festivals, and cultural and other events.

Democracy is… will expand its online footprint with the launch of a Democracy Photo Challenge in July. The photo contest, like the video challenge, asksglobal citizens to complete the phrase “Democracy is…” using creative digital products.

About the Democracy Video Challenge

The Democracy Video Challenge was launched online and at the United Nations on the International Day of Democracy, September 15, 2008. The challenge leverages social media to encourage the world’s citizens to start a global dialogue on democracy by submitting short videos that complete the phrase “Democracy is…” It engages the most digitally connected generation in history and provides a technology-focused creative platform to share, consider, debate and learn from diverse global perspectives on democracy.

The Democracy Video Challenge partners and participating organizations include the Center for International Private Enterprise, the International Republican Institute, the International Youth Foundation, the Motion Picture Association of America, NBC-Universal, the National Democratic Institute, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Recording Industry Association of America, TakingITGlobal, University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, the U.S. Department of State, WME and YouTube.

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