Pangea Day bloggers touch down in Mumbai, Rio, LA

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Pangea Day bloggers are on the ground at the 6 live broadcast locations around the world, and reports are starting to come in.

RioCablecar.jpgReporting from Rio de Janeiro, Saralena and Claire write,

We just touched down after an overnight journey from New York City — and are completely struck by the beauty of the city. A meeting with the Pangea Day team in Rio proved that we are more than ready to have a fantastic celebration on Saturday.

The event will be at the top of Morro da Urca. The only way to get there is by a cable car (see pic, left) that can carry no more than 100 people at a time. During the hours it will take the cable car to carry the 1500+ attendees to the top, some amazing pre-show entertainment is planned — including screenings by the Nosdomorro Film School (a Favela Cinema organization), dance performances, and musicians.

Meanwhile, Tom in Mumbai writes,

After the 15-hour flight, Virginia and I have arrived in Mumbai. It’s the perfect Indian city for Pangea Day — huge, diverse, and rapidly changing. Over the week we’ll be promoting the event, encouraging the press to participate, and capturing many of the Friends of Pangea Day events.

Our friends the KaosPilots are organising an event in Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia. This is a real example of how Pangea Day is including an audience that wouldn’t otherwise get to participate. (See more details of the Dharavi initiative here.)

And from Virginia, also in Mumbai:

We arrived last night, exhausted and exhilarated by our wild taxi ride through Mumbai. It felt like I’d fallen right into a Rushdie novel. I can’t wait to learn more about this amazing city that is so completely new.

This morning we’re looking out onto the Arabian Sea talking with Katie, “Decibel” Dave, and Yeshish about spreading the word about Pangea Day over the next three days. We’re excited to reach out to local organizations and filmmakers to fill up the seats and make Mumbai ’08 a lively event.

LASet.jpgMeanwhile, our Los Angeles team sends this photo from the Sony soundstage in progress (left). See more photos from LA on OVI.com/pangeaday and look for lots more news from LA in the days to come, including reports from the May 9 filmmaker retreat, where 100 filmmakers from around the world will meet to talk about their art.

Check the Pangea Day Blog for frequent updates from Cairo, LA, Kigali, and London. (And if you’re participating in any pre-Pangea Day activities, let us know at blog@pangeaday.org!)