If you can laugh with somebody and relate to somebody, it becomes harder to dehumanize them. I think that most of what we are constantly bombarded with in terms of media leads you to a creation of 'the Other' and a dehumanization of 'the Other,' and it's very much an us-versus-them conversation.— Jehane Noujaim
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As the world is getting smaller, it becomes more and more important that we learn each other's dance moves, that we meet each other, we get to know each other, we are able to figure out a way to cross borders, to understand each other, to understand people's hopes and dreams, what makes them laugh and cry.
I used to do volunteer work in poor areas of Cairo, and people would gather their money together to get a satellite dish. You'd see them huddling around and for the first time seeing issues being debated on TV that had never been talked about before. And that is the biggest promoter of democracy you could possibly have.
I'll continue making films because I love being able to drop into other people's worlds. My goal is to be constantly learning.
Look at the Civil Rights Movement. Look at any kind of fight for change. People had to keep fighting and taking their rights. Rights are never given to you. They have to be fought for and they have to be taken.
I have actually been very fortunate to be able to make films on my own credit card without having huge funders behind me dictating how the story should be told.
It's incredible to see the creativity, beauty and hardships people capture when filmmaking is opened up and shared with the world.
When I hear the words 'activist filmmaking,' I think of somebody who's an activist, who wants to prove a particular point.
In making films, I'm constantly looking for people who are in conflict and who are going to surprise you and challenge you.
Being a filmmaker is kind of like being a glorified spy.
Al Jazeera is demonized by the United States, yet in Egypt my father would be watching it.
Al Jazeera is one entity that everyone across the Arab world watches. Arabs are proud of that.
I've discovered I can't make a film about people I dislike.
Traveling around the world during the World Cup in 2006, I was thinking, 'Wow, this is such an incredible and global event.'
There are these very poor communities on the outskirts of Cairo called Mokattam, where a lot of the garbage collectors live. I used to volunteer there, doing health and education work when I was younger and living in Egypt.
It's important in any project to remain focused.
You know, Arabs are critical of United States foreign policy, but they also associate the U.S. with democratic principles and opportunity.