World's Reaction To Obama Win - NAPT Documentaries
By Berni Moestafa and Heejin Koo
Nov. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Here is a sampling of the world's reaction to Barack Obama's victory in the U.S. presidential election.
``Forty-five years ago, Martin Luther King dreamed of an America where men and women will be judged not on the color of their skin but on the content of their character,'' Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told reporters in the southern island state of Tasmania. ``What America has done is turn that dream into a reality.''
French President Nicolas Sarkozy congratulated Obama in a letter released to the public, saying the outcome ``resonates well beyond your borders.''
``Your stunning victory rewards a tireless commitment to serving the American people,'' Sarkozy wrote. ``It is also the crowning achievement of an exceptional campaign whose brilliance and high tone demonstrated the vitality of American democracy to the entire world, while keeping them spellbound.''
``A hundred years ago, he would have been a slave,'' said T. K. Kurien, president of strategic programs at Wipro Ltd., India's third-largest software services provider, in an interview from London. ``A hundred years on, he is the president. That's massive.''
``For Obama to overcome what people consider to be synonymous with America -- race -- it's unimaginable,'' said Eric Shepherd, a professor at City University in London. ``It's given the world a lot more faith in America. America has become a place that does deliver on its promises. People can achieve anything.''
``So often crudely caricatured by others, the American people yesterday stood in the eye of history and made an emphatic choice for change for themselves and the world,'' the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper said. ``Savor those words: President Barack Obama, America's hope and, in no small way, ours too.''
``The new president has transcended tensions to achieve the essential: balancing black resentment and white anxieties, and uniting them in a single design for justice,'' the French newspaper Le Monde said. ``After having elected George W. Bush twice, in an incredible turn of boldness and faith in its own resources, America has put an end to its conservative revolution made from deregulation and the wild law of the market which resulted in the sub-prime crisis and the collapse of the financial system.''
``President-elect Obama was inspirational, and I'm certain he will continue to be,'' U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters in Washington. ``One of the great things about representing this country is it continues to surprise, it continues to renew itself. It continues to beat all odds and expectations.''
``I have the honor and pleasure to congratulate you wholeheartedly on the impressive win you have had,'' Iraqi President Jalal Talabani wrote in a letter released to reporters. ``We look forward to the relations between our two countries under your mandate, and further consolidation and development in all fields.''
Pope Benedict XVI, the leader of more than 1 billion Catholics around the world, hopes Obama ``can respond to the expectations and the hopes of those that look to him,'' Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters in Rome. He said Benedict also wants the new American president to ``favor human growth and dignity with respect to essential human and spiritual values.''
``While this is without a doubt a moment of great happiness, at the same time we should remember those men and women that made the greatest sacrifice, their lives, in the fight for an equal society,'' Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said in a letter to Obama. ``I'm sure many veterans of those days have been reflecting on the words of Reverend King: `I have a dream that my four small children will someday live in a country where they aren't judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their characters.' This day has arrived.''
``I thank God for having lived to see that we have a U.S. president of color,'' said Yehude Simon, Peru's prime minister. ``Peru wins with the change; it's a change that we all expected. God help us he won't fail us, that all his proposals during the campaign can be real.''
``The historic election of an Afro-descendant to the head of the most powerful country in the world is a sign that the change that's been carried out in South America may be reaching the doorstep of the U.S.,'' the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in an e-mailed statement. ``The hour has arrived to establish new relations among our countries and with our region.''
``The profoundly symbolic value of Obama's victory escapes no one,'' Jean Leonard Touadi, the first black man to be elected to the Italian parliament, said in an interview in Rome. ``Martin Luther King's dream has been realized by Barack Obama.''
``We hope Obama can restore America to become a great nation again,'' said Yustina Amirah, principal of Asisi Elementary School in Jakarta, where Obama studied for a couple of years as a child. ``Obama's election may motivate children here to see that dreams can be reached. We hope that our children have dreams as high as Obama's.''
Mohammed Abdo, a 32-year-old restaurant employee in the Gaza Strip, said the election result won't make any difference where he lives. ``The only difference between the two American candidates was their color,'' he said. ``U.S. policy will remain biased in favor of Israel.''
``This is beautiful,'' said Ijaz Shahid, who was leading a demonstration of landless peasants protesting the seizure of their farms by local landlords at barbed-wire barricades outside Pakistan's presidential offices in Islamabad.
``A true democracy has elected a person from the oppressed people of that country,'' said Shahid, a retired army major.
``Obama winning the election shows just how much the U.S. has changed,'' said South Korean Kim Sang Hyuck, 32, watching the results on his mobile phone in downtown Seoul. ``When I was studying there in Philadelphia nearly 10 years ago, there were still pockets of racism. I never thought then that the U.S. would choose an African-American president.''
``A new face offers Europe a new chance to remarry America,'' said Wolfgang Ischinger, 62, a former German ambassador to the U.S. ``That's the good news. The bad news is that this outburst of Obama-mania does create expectations which no president can possibly fulfill. Sooner or later there will be some disappointment on the way.''
To contact the reporters on this story: Berni Moestafa in Jakarta at email@example.com; Heejin Koo in Seoul at firstname.lastname@example.org
NAPT Documentaries Highlight Contemporary Struggles And Cultural Survival
LINCOLN, Neb._Four new documentaries about contemporary struggles and cultural survival among Native Americans hit PBS stations across the nation starting this November for Native American Heritage Month:
Cody Nick and Travis, three teens from the Swinomish Tribe in Washington, wanted to make a gangster movie or rap video but instead were asked to investigate the impact of two oil refineries on the tribe.
March Point follows the teens' journey as they come to understand themselves, the environment and the threat they face.The film premieres on PBS' Independent Lens on Nov. 18.
To view a trailer and read more information about March Point, click here. To see the filmmakers' Web site, go to: http://www.marchpointmovie.com./
A personal story of how a multimillion dollar damming project displaced the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation in North Dakota.
Producer J. Carlos Peinado returns to the Ft. Berthold Reservation to discover stories of the past.
To read the Waterbuster news release or download pictures, visit the press kit page by clicking here.Ronnie Scheib of Variety Magazine called Waterbuster: "A lyrical, haunting account of loss of community and cultural identity...vividly reimagines the fabled towns and rich bottomland from which the North Dakota Indians were evicted by the damming of the Missouri River."
The film has been a selected project of Tribeca Film Institute's All Access program.
Presenting an intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through the art of Navajo rugs, Weaving Worlds also reveals the often controversial struggle between the artists and Anglo traders in the face globalization.
To view a trailer or read Weaving Worlds news release or download pictures, visit the press kit page by clicking here.
This documentary has received the Award of Commendation from the Society for Visual Anthropology, a branch of American Anthropological Society, and the Rigoberta Menchu Award at the 2007 Montreal First People's Festival. The film has also been nominated for Best Documentary at the 2008 American Indian Film Festival.
Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires
Across the rolling plains of the Midwest, a great nation was created by a people who had their own system of government and a livelihood that was forever changed by settlers.
The Oyate, the people, tell their own story in the hour-long documentary, Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires.This regional Emmy-nominated film is designed to aid educators of grades K-12 in teachings of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations.
To view a trailer, read a press release or see historical pictures, visit the Oceti press kit page by clicking here.
Check your local PBS listings for each documentary's air dates and times at PBS station
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