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.
This video is a compilation of the 3 community films made by the Green Agenda working groups, community members and local NGOs of Mojkovac, Ulcinj and Niksic in Montenegro during the project “A window to the Green Agenda in the Western Balkans, local storytelling through Participatory Video”.
In April 2010 InsightShare's Latin America Director Maja, and community video facilitators Balvino, Primitivo, Irma and Rosio participated in the exciting People's Forum on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights, in Cochabamba, Bolivia that was attended by 35,000 people.
The Valley Trust, a centre for health promotion in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, collaborated with InsightShare and the community of Inanda to use participatory video to draw attention to community development issues. One video focused on the lack of water in the community despite pipes being laid and was used as a lobbying tool, while others addressed issues such as alcohol and drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.
In August 2007, the government of Tanzania made a commitment to doubling the number of training places for skilled midwives, following a five-year campaign by the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania (WRATZ), which culminated in the first television screening of a participatory film, 'Play Your Part'.
This is a shortened version of a film made by Maasai pastoralists, living near Oltepesi in Kenya, in March 2009. It documents the devastating impacts of a seemingly endless drought across the region that killed livestock and people, threatened livelihoods and caused wide-spread suffering to many of the indigenous pastoralist communities.
'Kuna Conversations with Mother Earth' was created during a Participatory Video during which the Kuna Indians of Panama documented their struggle to conserve the forests, their main source of food and traditional medicine.
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