Participatory Video has been used successfully by communities to make change through sustained and effective advocacy campaigns. Planning, working and analysing together enables them to evolve local solutions and reflect on their values as a group and individually. This process boosts their confidence to address broader issues and secure change. Here are some examples.
During this participatory video project, a group of young people from Oxfordshire explored what it means to them to live in a democratic country and what young people can do to act for change. After they had learned how to plan and shoot a video, they asked themselves and other youth on the streets of Oxford: if you were a change maker, what would you change in our society?
A group of formerly homeless people, students and staff members of two NGOs took on the challenge to document what it is like to be homeless in Oxford, the least affordable city in the UK. The team used action research and participatory video techniques to explore the diversity of causes of homelessness, the complexity of people’s struggles and how to break down harmful stereotyping.
In 2013, representatives from communities in the Ayeyarwady Delta region of Myanmar (Burma) were trained in facilitating participatory video processes. The ground-breaking capacity-building programme was the first of its kind in Myanmar, and is one of only two examples of participatory video known to have ever taken place in the country.
Grounded in respectful long-term partnership between indigenous-led organizations and award-winning experts in participatory video, journalism, photography, and audio, Conversations with the Earth conveys local accounts of the impacts of climate change on indigenous communities, stories of the unintended consequences of imposed mitigation on local livelihoods, and examples of traditional knowledge and its value in developing appropriate responses to climate change.
As part of the My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) programme, 12 youth campaigners from the Nepal project took part in a Participatory Video workshop in January 2014. This video shows extracts from the three films which they made on community health care issues as part of their ongoing advocacy work for MRMV. The youth campaigners will screen their films to local decision-makers and community members during 2014 to bring about change on the issues raised.
Human rights defenders, activists, civil society leaders and representatives from non-governmental organisations discuss the challenges they face in countries across southern Africa and beyond. It features interviews covering a range of countries and contexts, and includes an interview with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai.
This newsletter is packed with: exciting news about our meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, reports from the latest edition of our UK-based training of trainers and a capacity building programme in Myanmar, links to new videos, photo stories and publications and more.
This is the story of the first stage of the 3-stage capacity building programme which aims to pilot Participatory Video as a tool for community development in the Ayeyarwady Delta in Myanmar. Local facilitators were trained to use participatory video to enable horizontal information sharing, provide a forum for participatory decision-making and a communication tool for local advocacy. View the photo story here: http://bit.ly/1Dmgrdt
In August 2013, representatives from four villages in the Delta region of Myanmar joined a training programme in facilitating participatory video. This unique capacity-building programme was the first of its kind in Myanmar. It was designed to provide trainees with all the technical and facilitation skills necessary to undertake participatory video processes, within their communities.