Respect for human rights is implicit in everything we do. With camera in hand, the vulnerable and marginalised can be better equipped to access their rights because, through making a film, they can debate, discuss, develop their ideas on what change they want, how they will get it and what is necessary action now. Here are some examples.
The Batwa are an indigenous people of the Great Lakes region of tropical Africa. Formerly hunter-gatherers, they were expelled from their ancestral forests to make way for conservation and tourism projects. They experience extreme racial discrimination from their neighbours, poverty, landlessness and unequal access to education and healthcare.
In 2005, InsightShare used participatory video as a tool for working with an HIV-positive community group in M'deka, Malawi. The 3-day project was carried out in partnership with the Malawi branch of GOAL, an Irish non-governmental organisation (NGO) that has been setting up these groups as a way of helping HIV-positive people support one another and change attitudes in the community with regard to knowing/communicating one's status.