Peace Exchange was musing the other day on how familiar the daily offerings seem to be, by way of Cyprus news.
In a small place with lots of history – an island no less – the reportage can sound at times rather akin to that of the day before.
Imagine, however, what it might be like to tune in to the national broadcaster some two decades in the future, and take in the day’s events arising from a united landscape.
Yes, it would be familiar in some respects, but there would also be much that would be exciting and new.
If you have 15 minutes to spare, click ‘play’ on the above video and find out just how such a news bulletin might appear with The Nine o’ Clock News in the Year 2030.
An initiative of Peace it Together partner Economic Interdependence, and created by the prolific Crewhouse media team, the fictive bulletin offers a vision for a reunified Cyprus based on the aspirations of Cypriots.
Within a quarter of an hour, the bilingual film offers viewers a snapshot of a thriving island, where the buffer zone is a distant memory and reconciliation has yielded economic gains for both sides.
Via the “Cyprus News channel, broadcasting islandwide”, we encounter students planting trees in the national park that was once the dead zone, an al fresco celebration in an olive grove to mark the success of a Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot business partnership and the exciting transfer to Premier League football team Arsenal of a London Cypriot striker of mixed heritage.
Meanwhile, the island’s president is now a woman and new air routes between Greece, Cyprus and Turkey are poised to capitalise on the wealth of historical treasures offered by the three neighbour countries.
Incidentally, while the film had its local premiere back in September, it will be shown for the first time at the United Nations’ New York headquarters this Friday, as part of a special event to highlight the worldwide initiatives of the UNDP.
After the screening, there will be a Q and A with Haoliang Xu (Deputy Director UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS), Elizabeth Spehar (Director of Europe Division DPA) and Nilgun Arif (UNDP-ACT, Cyprus).
Regarding Peace it Together partner Economic Interdependence, the project was established by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Greek Cypriot Community and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce to foster inter-communal trade and to demonstrate first-hand the potential economic benefits of reunification.
The Nine o’ Clock News in the Year 2030 offers an inspiring and creative look at just how such benefits might play out.