#Connect is an initiative founded by Andrew Tisba and Manuel Frederick in order to create a new way of overcoming our self-imposed boundaries of our differences in race, culture, gender, religious beliefs, political and sexual orientation, physical appearance and ability, social status and educational background.
Core of the initiative is a simple hand gesture, that connects us physically to one another.
Being literally “in touch” with one another is something, that we have come to take for granted in an era of social media and instant global digital connection.
The loss of personal contact is a source of fear and misunderstanding, that we need to overcome in order to get along with each other in our globalized societies.
After traveling to all 50 US States to spread the movement, meeting thousands of people, among them political and social leaders such as Civil Rights Icon John Lewis, Kamala Harris, Herbie Hancock, Cornel West, Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama, Andrew and Manuel are now working on a documentary about their journey with their godmother and trailblazing filmmaker Euzhan Palcy
#Connect founders Andrew Tisba and Manuel Frederick with their godmother Euzhan Palcy on KTLA live Los Angeles, talking about the importance of human connectivity and their 50 state US road trip for Peace & Unity.
Euzhan Palcy is a writer, director and producer born in Martinique in the French West Indies. Her first feature film, “Sugar Cane Alley,” won the Silver Lion at the 1983 Venice Film Festival, a first for a Black director. It went on to win a César Award for Best First Work, the first César won by a woman director and by a Black filmmaker. She continued her journey with “A Dry White Season” (1989), a drama made at the height of apartheid, becoming the first Black woman to direct a film for a major Hollywood studio and guiding Marlon Brando to his last Oscar nomination. Her films also include the musical fairytale “Siméon.” Palcy’s work has been an inspiration to filmmakers, contemporary artists and novelists. Palcy has recently been announced to receive an honorary Oscar by the Academy of Motion Pictures for her extraordinary contributions to the world of cinema.