The Good, The Bad... We Are All Beautiful

In Charlotte, North Carolina, students made a video about about the effect of immigration and diversity on their community, and how tolerance and acceptance can emerge from what is sometimes a cacophony of different cultures. As part of Asia Society's Creative Voices of Islam project, they were assisted by Appalshop, a media arts and education organization based in Whitesburg, Kentucky.

This video was made by students at the Academy of International Studies in Charlotte, North Carolina to share with students in Jogjakarta, Indonesia and in Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network in Mathis, Texas. After you watch the video, read what the students thought and post your own comments!

Responses to "The Good, The Bad... We Are All Beautiful"

  1.  Mathis Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    The world is a very diverse with many different races. No matter where your at someone is always going to judge you before they get to know you. I dislike that but no matter what it is going to happen. But being yourself is all that matters.

    With different races in the world does make it beautiful. With so many different races in the world we all seem to learn from one another even if we like the person or not. We all have something in common that we all can relate to. After hanging out with different people you start becoming just like them and saying words that they would usually say. Meeting new people always puts a smile on my face.

    Different races in the world make the world what it is today.

  2.  Mathis Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Yes, many people are told they are different, but really we aren’t that different from each other. Everyone needs to be treated equally, not treat someone better just because the color of their skin. I like this video, to show proof that everyone can get along, no matter who they are.

  3.  Mathis Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    This video had a nice perspective on how teens minds really work. I believe that we are all equal, and I love the fact that every student in this video agrees upon the idea that no matter who surrounding you at the time……we are all the same in one way or another and we are all human beings.
    :Mindy :

  4.  Mathis Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I love everything about this video. People still do judge by race, but I believe it’s because of those people that only make us stronger in the world today. We should all be thankful to God that he allowed different color people into our lives because behind their color comes great culture and skills. “There’s no point in judging your neighbor, for they judge you more.” Everybody judges, and everybody get’s jugded. I believe that everybody is a victim of judging, from racism to personality to finantial stability. This video helped me realize that judging others is just a waist of time, when i could be judging and revising myself. Sofia

  5.  Mathis Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I really appreciate how this video emphasizes the importance of equality among races and nationalities. In my opinion, the world can be viewed as cultural cooking pot; the more variety, the better. It is through this cultural “variety” that we can learn how to appreciate what each person, of any race, has to offer.
    - Melanie, sophomore

  6.  Jogjakarta1 Says:
    Mach 20th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    We cant avoid all the things about differences. For instance, after i got back from america, i thought i won’t see that kind of place which filled with differences. Well, actually i love that kind of place. But, no matter where i go i always see different scene in every step that i take. one of the places that i’m talking about is my own school here in indonesia. sometimes i feel like a stranger there. why? because most of the girls wear veils to cover their hair. and it feels like i’m the only one who don’t. it’s not because i don’t want to wear veil, it’s because i’m not ready to wear it yet. sometimes i think, “Is it going to make any better if i wear veil?”
    To tell you the truth, I really am not ready to wear it because I feel like I haven’t been a very good moslem. I’m trying to be though. But, I know that someday I will. I just don’t want to ruin the image of those moslems who wear veils, I’m not that behave, you know. This story reminds me of this thing that I face.

  7.  KampungHalaman Says:
    March 20th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    If in America you have many different races, but in Indonesia, we have many ethnically distinct groups from 532 different islands. Each ethnic groups has their own language, characterictic and customs. In formal way, we use Indonesian language, but many families speak in their local language/dialect to each other.
    Usually, we have nicknames for other friend from where he/she comes from. For example there are two boys with name “BUDI”. First Budi is Javanese, and second Budi is Balinese. So, we will call first Budi as “Java” and the second Budi as “Budi Bali”. Lila

  8.  Charlotte Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 4:10 am

    I think “the good, the bad….we are all beautiful” was a very good short film. It had a good meaning, and a good message to portray. We are all different and the school is so diverse. Independence is more than just the “black” school. We have many different people, many different cultures, and they are all being represented in this film. There are still so many more cultures to be represented, but considering they did all of this in such a short period of time, they did very well.

  9. Charlotte Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 4:16 am

    I think this viedo shows how many different races and religions that we have in our society today. Regardless of how people look or what they believe we are all equal. Today people are so quick to judge just by a persons outside appearance. This should never be the case and we should all in a sense live by the quote, “Don’t judge anybody until you walk a mile in their shoes.”


  10.  Charlotte Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 4:17 am

    I think that this video shows the great diversity in our school. It not only shows the diversity in our school but also in the US today. It shows how we learn to live among each other and learn from the diffrent cultures.


  11.  Charlotte Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 4:18 am

    I am not a person that is immediatly muti-racial, but I do look as if I am mixed. I understand that people do base the group that they hang out with on the color of their skin. Personally I feel more comfortable with blacks but I do notice I have friend in many groups not only because I look like them but because I want to be freinds with different people. That way I am able to a diversify and learn different thing from different people.

  12.  Charlotte Says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 4:25 am

    I can see where this video is coming from ; people look at me from there own perspective and automatically assume that I am an uneducated black male who is ghetto, but in all actuality I am not. They also think that because of my skin color I am mean or will hurt them, but if you would take the time to hold a conversation with me you will see that I’m the nicest 7 foot person you’ll ever come in contact with:) DANIEL

  13.  Mathis Says:
    March 30th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I like the very first comment because it is true, we do need difference to socialize. All sorts of people have their own background that noone else has. People that i know love to get to know others with intersting lives good or bad. This is how we make good friends, the ones that we find and want to be a part of the difference in our lives. -Brock-

  14.  Jogjakarta8 Says:
    April 15th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    We really agreed with this video.
    We are same.
    Though we have different background, body, skin, face, ethnic, religion or the other differences.
    We live in a colorfull world. May God wants us to live with peace. We have to respect each other.

    Ulfah and Chlara

  15.  Jogjakarta8 Says:
    April 16th, 2009 at 6:45 am

    we like the concept of this video 

    we think in every country there are differences of culture, skin, religion, races and so on.
    and we can learn something from those differences.

    in Indonesia, there are many differences too .
    we can meet Javanese, Sundanese, Balinese and other that have their own characteristic.
    i think without different culture, religion, language, and so on our life will be so bored.

    (ofi and dilla)

  16.  Jogjakarta3 Says:
    April 24th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    The topic and the concept of this video are really nice. I like it. I can catch the message of this video. Truthfully, this video is really good.

    In this school, there are many students come from many countries of the world. Start from Canada, Japan, South Korea, and so on. It means that this school is consisting of many cultures, religions, languages, races, and even the physics. Exchange culture of course occurred directly. The students that school in this school must be proud and grateful. Students can be anything that they want to. Students also can show the real characteristic of theirs. No matter where we come from, no matter our background and no matter how well and bad we are, we are all the same.


  17.  Jogjakarta1 Says:
    May 1st, 2009 at 1:00 am

    I like the concept and the whole idea.

    In my country (Indonesia), there are hundreds of races and different religions, but just like in your school, everything is on peace. Especially on my town (my town is somewhat like the town of education), people around the country come to have a better education, and it automatically makes my Yogyakarta consists of so many races.

    Diversity is not a problem.
    We are all same.
    We are all human.

    I love this video.


  18.  Jogjakarta1 Says:
    May 10th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I think this short film is very simple but have full meaning.This short film teach us if we are all same in the world.Although we are from different culture,religion,language but we are all same.Like the title of this short film The Good, the Bad… We Are All Beautiful.I think so that life would be boring with only one type of race.language,culture. Different kinds of race.language,culture is what makes the world beautiful.

Creative Voices of Islam is a three-year initiative implemented by Asia Society with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The goal of this initiative is to foster an increased understanding of the diversity of experience and voices within the multicultural societies of contemporary United States and Asia. The initiative includes a series of exhibitions, cultural events, and public programs at Asia Society’s headquarters in New York City, as well as a youth media exchange between high schools in the U.S. and Muslim countries in Asia.