Intercultural Extraneity

Project pitch - Staying true to your roots

• What is the purpose of the visual presentation?
The purpose of this visual presentation is to remind people about the benefits of living in a culturally-diverse place, remind them that they should embrace and celebrate differences and educate them not to discriminate against people based on their cultural background.

• What is the hook (how are you going to get people interested)?
Everyone has surely come across some kind of discrimination at some point in their life. By making this presentation relatable, we hope to influence our audience to be open to everyone and be accepting of their race, culture, customs etc.

• How is it timely/relevant?
Nowadays, individual migration is more present than ever, with many cities and countries becoming more culturally-diverse by the day. Thus, we deem the topic of this presentation to be contemporary.

• Who is the audience?
This content is aimed at everyone who is willing to watch since our goal is promoting acceptance, understanding and peace, which are very important ideas that should reach as much people as possible.

• What is it about?
It’s about people from different cultures appreciating a culture that is not their own.

• What is the storyline?
1. Introduction:
Narrator: In today’s world, a person can be faced with a lot of discrimination just because their culture is different to the culture of the place they live in. Sometimes they can be pressured to completely leave their culture behind and forget about their roots. But what people forget is how symbiotic cultural exchange just may be. They don’t realize what their lives would look like if there wasn’t for this symbiosis.
Open your eyes to the small things. (This should be written on the screen, not narrated.)
2. Body: (It’s in the form of several dialogues. It would be best if you could find volunteer actors to act out the dialogues in front of the camera in different settings. If this is not possible, you could find volunteer voice actors and use a slide-show with some of the pictures we have included (or find similar pictures that you like).)

Scene I
Two friends are enjoying a delicious meal in a Chinese restaurant.
Person A: I know I’ve said this many times, but I have to say it again – I looove Chinese food.
Person B: (laughs) Me too. It’s really great. The flavor is like nothing else.
Person A: Yeah, I would’ve never thought that I would like eating something that is sweet, sour and hot at the same time – yet, here we are and I’m loving it!
Person B: Couldn’t agree more. And I’m very glad that this place is so close to our school. Imagine if we had to travel to get here… I suppose we wouldn’t come here as often… which would be such a shame.
Person A: Sheesh, imagine if we had to go to China to get this!
(They laugh.)
Person B: Oh, that wouldn’t be a pretty scenario. I mean, if we didn’t have Chinese restaurants around we wouldn’t have discovered this amazing cuisine. Which would definitely be a bummer…
Person A: Life without General Tso’s chicken? That’s no life if you ask me!
(They laugh.)
Person B: We have to thank the Chinese for staying true to their roots!

Scene II
A lady is at a local Indian market. She approaches a vendor.
(Background market noise.)
The vendor: Hello Mrs. Smith, it’s nice to see you again!
Mrs. Smith: Hello Mrs. Patel. It’s nice to see you too.
Mrs. Patel: Which fabric would you like today?
Mrs. Smith: The type that I bought last time proved to be very successful with the customers, so I’d like more of it. Let me tell you – the demand has never been higher – your fabrics are divine, simply the best!
Mrs. Patel: I’m very glad to hear that, Mrs. Smith. What colors would you like this time?
Mrs. Smith: The usual – black, white and red. Also, that patterned one seems amazing, can I feel it?
Mrs. Patel: Of course. (She’s showing her the fabric.) This one is special. I’ve used a very old Indian technique that has been passed on in my family for generations!
Mrs. Smith: Wow, this is not quite like any other fabric I’ve felt before. And I’ve been a seamstress for over 20 years now! It’s very unique and beautiful.
Mrs. Patel: Thank you. My nana taught me how to make it, and now I’m going to pass it on to my daughters.
Mrs. Smith: Wonderful! There’s something so special about ancient traditions, isn’t there?
(The conversation fades into background market noise.)

Scene III
Father and son are having a beer.
Son: This is a really good beer. I don’t recognize the label, though. Where did you get it?
Father: I got it at a local brewery. A German guy is running it. They have the best craft beer. Son, when you buy beer go for locally brewed and German.
Son: Got ya. The Germans seem to know what they’re doing.
(They laugh.)
Father: Yeah, thank God their traditional brewing process is still around. Otherwise, a man wouldn’t be able to have a good ol’ glass of beer after a hard day of work…
Son: Yeah, the industrial one can’t compare to this goodness.

Scene IV:
Two friends are talking.
Friend A: Hey, what’s up with you? You haven’t been yourself lately…
B: Sorry, I’m kinda having a rough patch.
A: Is there anything I can help you with?
B: No… I don’t really wanna talk about it but I failed to do something and now I feel really disappointed with myself… I find it hard to get over it…
A: I’m sorry to hear that… I get it, I feel that way too sometimes. All I can say is – try to cut yourself some slack. We tend to be too harsh on ourselves… You know, my culture has a saying that has helped me many times when I’ve been in a similar position. It roughly translates to “We should embrace failure because we learn more from failure than success”. Maybe this can help you…
B: That’s an interesting way of looking at it.
A: Yeah, I’ve found it to be very true.
B: Yeah, it does make sense…Thanks, I’ll rethink the whole situation and try to change my mindset.

3. Conclusion:
Open your eyes to the beauty of the world. (This should be written on the screen, not narrated.)

Photos taken form Unsplash:

Groups: Chickclique, Jelena, Pamda

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