1 day ago
Monday, May 25, 2009
The LebaneseInnerCircle blogged about a new LBC TV Show called "Kilna bil Hayy" or "All of Us in the Neighborhood" which should have aired a couple of days ago and is now being rerun.
The 13-part series was created by an NGO called Search for Common Ground and the project is funded by Denmark’s Rockwool Foundation, and is based off of a similar program that had aired in Macedonia.
The show takes place around the interactions between the children living in a building that has, like most typical Beiruti buildings, an amalgamation of people living in it that identify by such terms as: Armenians, Christians, Druze, Shiites, Sunnis, Palestinians.
To watch a video of a theme song for the show, click here. I particularly like the moves of the overly excited girl in the striped purple shirt, who seems pretty convinced that she's a superstar.
I have to say, I've been wanting a show like this to come out for a very, very, very long time. I'm firmly a believer that what you are taught when you are young and how you are raised plays an enourmous role in who you are when you re an adult. (If you're taught growing up to hate, you will most likely hate your whole life, and if you are taught to be tolerant, you will be tolerant your whole life.) I don't think it's naive to think that something as banal as a TV show could have such an important influence.
So I personally recommend you forward this post to all your friends who have little kids and access to LBC and get them put this show on for their children. It'll make them more tolerant and improve their Arabic.
God knows they watch enough crap anyway.