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Brooklyn, NY - Crown Heights Filmmakers Use Google Glass To Help Promote Tolerance Between Caribbean And Hasidic Neighbors

Published on: October 6, 2013 02:38 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - Using Google Glass technology, four young Brooklyn filmmakers are hoping to promote tolerance between Caribbean Islanders and Hasidic Jews in Crown Heights in their new project titled Project 2x1.

The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (http://nydn.us/1aYOU2k) reports that scenes depicting daily existence in culturally diverse environments—-including a synagogue, barbershop, and Crown Heights’ West Indian Day Parade—- which are shot using small cameras attached to residents’ faces, then allow Crown Heights residents to see what life is like on the other side through the use of Google Glass.

Director and producer of the film, 24 year-old Hannah Roodman, said the film’s mission is simply “To bring two distinct communities together to form one united neighborhood.”

Jamaican-born Taganyahu Sawby, 35, who relocated to CrownHeights when he was 12, said he felt residual prejudice when looking through Google Glass.

“We live in New York, we all have to learn acceptance. I think judgment and criticism have no place in our lives, and it creates really divisive measures. There’s no time for that.” said Swaby.

The young filmmakers say, that as a new generation, they are hoping to ease cultural tensions that have roots dating back decades.

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Filmmaker Meldy Seldowitz, 20, an Hasidic Jew, said, “Growing up, I was always in my own community. I was taught that Orthodox Jews don’t really talk to the outside world, and even more so to our Caribbean neighbors. It’s a grassroots movement. The younger generation are more open to being friendly with our neighbors, but it’s happening slowly.”


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 Oct 06, 2013 at 02:56 PM TheRealJoe123 Says:

GO Mendy...

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 Oct 06, 2013 at 03:49 PM I_Am_Me Says:

Kol hakavod, finally bringing peace, equality, love & the end of racism, I think the Rebbe would be proud

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 Oct 06, 2013 at 04:35 PM Anonymous Says:

nebech.

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 Oct 06, 2013 at 04:36 PM WilliWonka Says:

Meldy (Mendy???) Seldowitz- that's because you are too young and "enlightened" to see the danger to your yiddishkit with being "friends" with these neighbors. Plenty have fallen into the pit of drugs,imorality, and worse. No one is saying you have to ignore or not be polite to them, but I'll be just fine without them understanding why we do what we do.

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 Oct 06, 2013 at 06:56 PM Ariel_Gold Says:

Reply to #4  
WilliWonka Says:

Meldy (Mendy???) Seldowitz- that's because you are too young and "enlightened" to see the danger to your yiddishkit with being "friends" with these neighbors. Plenty have fallen into the pit of drugs,imorality, and worse. No one is saying you have to ignore or not be polite to them, but I'll be just fine without them understanding why we do what we do.

This is comical. People do this without interacting with non-Jews. It's preferable for some folks to stay in a bubble.

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 Oct 06, 2013 at 11:05 PM I_Am_Me Says:

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WilliWonka Says:

Meldy (Mendy???) Seldowitz- that's because you are too young and "enlightened" to see the danger to your yiddishkit with being "friends" with these neighbors. Plenty have fallen into the pit of drugs,imorality, and worse. No one is saying you have to ignore or not be polite to them, but I'll be just fine without them understanding why we do what we do.

Nice how you blame "them" for the problems with today's youth when in reality it's really the parents who were to closed minded (like yourself) & to emotionally dysfunctional to keep their kids from going in the wrong direction

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