It’s not about where you’re going,
but who you meet along the way.

Six Filmmakers. Six Countries. Six Taxi Drivers.
One story of overcoming conflict.

THE TAXI TAKES is a unique global filmmaking experiment that follows the stories of six taxi drivers in post-conflict societies, told by six different filmmakers local to the driver's country. These six stories will be woven together into one collaborative feature documentary that presents diverse voices, and honest interactions that blur political and religious boundaries. By exploring the world through grassroots perspectives, THE TAXI TAKES celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. One taxi ride at a time.

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A Colorful Thanks

Posted On: Mar 17, 2014

Today is definitely a day to have fun! Combining the Irish festival of revelry, Saint Patrick's Day, with the Indian festival of color, Holi, on the same day is epic. So, I thought this would be a great day to show gratitude for those who enabled this project to blossom and thrive so far. To start with, thanks to all… View Full Post





Film Festival Wrap up

Posted On: Mar 11, 2014

In September 2013 this project reached a milestone. We successfully completed a film festival comprised of taxi videos from all around the globe. Submissions came in from Cairo (Egypt), Kabul (Afghanistan), Tehran (Iran) and Pune and Mumbai (India). Our partners STEP Trust arranged screenings in Kashmir, New Delhi, Chandigarh and Manipur starting on 21st September 2013 in Pulwama, Kashmir… View Full Post






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ABOUT THE TEAM



Vandana Sood-Giddings

Executive Director

Vandana is a filmmaker based out of Denver, Colorado. She has previously worked for FOX's site Beliefnet, MTV's Teen Moms, Alwan for the Arts and PBS's 'In the Mix' in New York. She is the creator of 'The Taxi Takes on Terror.' Vandana has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College and an Masters in Mass Communication from New Delhi, India. She received the Commonwealth Vision Award in 2004, the Davis Peace Project in 2008 and her films have won awards and wide acclaim.

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Pulkit Datta

Producer

Pulkit is a filmmaker and writer based in New York City. He has previously independently produced the feature documentary THE FORGETTING GAME, and has worked on a number of other documentary projects. Pulkit also writes and directs narrative short and feature films.

@PulkitDatta

Shane Johnson

Multimedia Designer

Shane is a mutlifaceted designer based out of Bozeman, Montana. He works in all realms of design including web, print and video as well as audio engineering. Shane also produces electronic/hip-hop music under the name onomono. Shane has a BFA in Graphic Design from Montana State University. He is currently a UI/Graphic Designer for Prime Incorporated.

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COMING SOON

The core idea behind this project is that honest conversations inside taxis - between drivers and their passengers - can be a powerful way to foster greater understanding between people from different backgrounds.

While our feature film production chugs along, we will be rolling out an exciting, interactive way to build a global community of such taxi conversations. Our goal is to enable anyone to travel virtually to another corner of the world and learn something new about a complete stranger. It can be a really inspiring and eye-opening experience!

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THE ORIGINS

THE TAXI TAKES ON TERROR

This project has evolved through several incarnations in the past.  THE TAXI TAKES ON TERROR, a short web-video project by Vandana was her masters program in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College, NYC. Vandana started by recording her conversations with South Asian taxi drivers in New York City post 9/11, opening up provocative discussions on terrorism and racial discrimination . In 2008 Mumbai, India was struck by a terrorist attack. Vandana initiated, filmed and moderated talks between drivers and passengers in Mumbai 3 months after the attack. Her work culminated in several short films focusing on different aspects of modern terror. ‘Women and Islam’ is one of the short films which received wide acclaim.

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Women and Islam

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India's 9/11

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Jamid Ali - a taxi driver in Mumbai

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Who to Blame for Terrorism?

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Welcome to 'The Taxi Takes on Terror'

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New York taxi drivers

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Street Smarts in NY

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Women taxi drivers

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Six filmmakers. Six countries. Six taxi drivers. One global story of overcoming conflict.

THE TAXI TAKES is a unique global filmmaking experiment that follows the stories of six taxi drivers in societies overcoming conflict, told by six different filmmakers local to the driver's country. These six stories will be woven together into one collaborative feature documentary that presents diverse voices and honest interactions that blur political and religious boundaries. By exploring the world through grassroots perspectives, THE TAXI TAKES celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. One taxi ride at a time.

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ELIGIBILITY

GUIDELINES

Ongoing submissions. No deadline.

Maximum duration of video: 5 minutes

Shooting guidelines: If possible shoot 24/25 frames per second 

your video must be subtitled in English if in another language

 Your film must fall into one of these four broad themes:

1. religious and ethnic conflict

2. race, gender and class

3. war and terror

4. culture and relationships

ONLINE SUBMISSION

Use safe and simple wetransfer.com to send us your video file. Send your video to this address: takeontheworld@thetaxitakes.com 

You will receive a short email notification once we receive your video and will be contacted if we need any further information.

Along with your video submission through wetransfer please fill out the online entry form located here.

A submission will not be considered complete without the entry form.

TERMS

You must own the copyright or have the necessary rights to any content you send us. By sending us your video you are consenting to ‘The Taxi Takes on the World’ using your video for the project.