We’re all interconnected. Sometimes that can make the world feel like a small place.


A relationship that was once isolated to pen and paper has been innovated to fit the capabilities of today’s technology. The World Is As Big Or As Small As You Make It is a short documentary filmed in North Philadelphia covering a social good program that instigates a series of ‘pen pal’ esque relationships between the local kids of the North Philly community and others from across the ocean.

The skype conversations and video tours of their respective neighbourhoods give the young students an invaluable insight into the diversity and scale of this vast planet. Conversing with their on the other side of the world sees the kids spill their thoughts on love, racism, identity and culture as they gain a better understanding, not only of their peers, but of themselves and their situation too.

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The program is the brainchild of Sannii Crespina-Flores who runs the social advocacy program, Do Remember Me in North Philadelphia. The documentary is directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady.