Arnd Wächter is an award winning filmmaker, intercultural educator and social entrepreneur. He founded the non-profit organizations Crossing Borders Education and Morocco Exchange as a creative response to 9/11. His passion for intentional cross-cultural interactions lead him to produce professional feature documentary films, following his conviction that film, through well-crafted storytelling, has the power to put a human face on abstract, complex social issues and make them accessible to large groups of people, build empathy and inspire individuals to engage, dialogue and act. Arnd produced three feature documentaries, founded Crossing Borders Films and produced the cross-cultural landing page for National Geographic Education. His feature films were selected at over 20 intercultural conferences and 15 international film festivals, winning several awards. Arnd and his work appeared in the New York Times, NPR, the PIE Magazine and Euronews, among others.
Arnd was born in East Germany and grew up next to the Berlin Wall. His awareness of national responsibilities to confront historic violence, racism and experiences of outer and inner walls between people and cultures lead him to live for two decades abroad and travel across the world, looking for ways to deepen his own understanding of the world, its diversity and the nature of separation and conflict facilitation. Arnd presents regularly at conferences and campuses in the U.S. and Europe.
Jonathan Santos –
Originally born in the Big Apple, with family Ancestry out of the Mississippi Delta and Puerto Rico by way of NYC, growing up and traveling throughout Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia, Australia, Mexico, and settling in the South Eastern U.S to hone his craft and further education at an HBCU, Jonathan “Santos” has a passion for genuine insight into the complexities of the social construct of race, culture, and privilege as they play out in communities here in the U.S. An artist committed to creating works of inspiration and awareness around intra and interpersonal communication, social as well as environmental justice. A consistent theme in his work is “I’m Changing the World by Changing Me”.
Santos is founder and Cacique of GlocalSoul Edutainment, an arts based business whose mission is to deliver Life Changing, Entertaining and Educational Programing Empowering healthy collective and individual social change and self-transformation. Programing encompasses curriculum custom for Pre-K through College.