My unexpected video pic for this week will have to be one of the promotional videos for Pangea Day – a global film festival that will take place on May 10th. From their website:

Starting at 18:00 GMT on May 10, 2008, locations in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro will be linked for a live program of powerful films, live music, and visionary speakers. The entire program will be broadcast – in seven languages – to millions of people worldwide through the internet, television, and mobile phones.

The 24 short films to be featured have been selected from an international competition that generated more than 2,500 submissions from over one hundred countries. The films were chosen based on their ability to inspire, transform, and allow us see the world through another person’s eyes. The winning films will be announced in late April.

The program will also include a number of exceptional speakers and musical performers. Queen Noor of Jordan, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, musician/activist Bob Geldof, and Iranian rock phenom Hypernova are among those taking part.

Aw, man, they just had to have at a rock star in there, didn’t they?

Anyway, it’s a sweet idea, and the promotional vids are of people in one country singing the anthem of another country. Australia sings the Lebanese anthem, Kenya sings India’s anthem, etc… but the one I, of course, enjoyed the most, was those “cheese eating surrender monkeys”, the French, singing the good ole Star Spangled Banner – a nice, turning-the-other-cheek message.(Kind of too bad it couldn’t be the other way around as I’ve always really loved the Marseillaise, but oh well.) And what a cute little graphic!

American Tricolor

Don’t let some die-hard patriots see that graphic, they’d think it was a desecration of the flag and try to send someone to jail for it!

P.S. My favorite link that I came across while searching in vain for information of the origin of the phrase “cheese eating surrender monkeys” was this site that helps you answer the question “Which French Stereotype Are You?”

For the curious, I am in fact…

french stereotype