The Power of Film

Film is such a powerful medium. It can educate us, enrage us, entertain us…and pretty well push/pull us through all our emotions. When we feel, we are changed. It amazes me that Film and entertainment are still diminished by some as being “light” topics compared to news, science and business. The great power of film was discussed a few days ago in the UN Week Digital Media Lounge in a session entitled, “Reel Impact: The Power of Film to Change Lives.”

In the session, film producer Caroline Baron, the founder and CEO of FilmAid, and filmmaker Lisa Russell, co-founder of MDGFive.com, discussed the impact and life-changing potential film can have on the developing world and vulnerable communities.

Both women were drawn into using film to help achieve social good during the war in Kosovo. Sometimes called the world’s first humanitarian war, Kosovo brought the plight of refugees and those in refugee camps to the public in a way that hadn’t happened with previous wars and conflicts.

Courtesy of Mashable, you got to watch the entire session here:

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I applaud all filmmakers for bringing us joy, making us think and teaching us what we really should know about ourselves…and our world. Particularly, I applaud these women for their dedication to ethics, and their determination to form respectful partnerships with the people of the countries they visit, and to treat their subjects with dignity.

These filmmakers and their work are incredibly inspiring.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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