InsightShare works with indigenous peoples in various countries all around the globe. The subjects they have chosen to document through video include efforts for self-determination, the local effects of climate change, cultural heritage documentation and other issues for which they have harnessed video as a powerful advocacy tool. Here are some examples.
In a mountainous, isolated part of the Surkhet district in Nepal, the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) works to support people in ten rural villages by promoting no-or-low cost, locally appropriate techniques that have the potential to improve livelihoods. In February 2014, an action research project was undertaken to explore if a farmer-to-farmer mediated extension model, based around the production and dissemination of videos featuring local farmers and HPC staff, could effectively support HPC in their mission.
In May-June 2014, the University of East Anglia invited InsightShare to conduct a training programme in participatory video facilitation for its researchers engaged in the ESRC-funded 'Conservation, Markets and Justice Research Programme'. A two-stage training and mentoring programme was developed for the researchers coming from the UK, Tanzania, Bolivia and China. The training was delivered in Norwich, UK and Kilwa District, Tanzania.
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.
This video was created by the people of Aretika - a small village located along the Simsang river in the South Garo Hills, Meghalaya, India. Traditionally, the people of Aretika have always been dependent on fishery to provide for their daily bread. In recent years however, the Simsang river has become heavily polluted as a result of the exploitation of numerous illegal coal mines along its banks.
This video was created by community members in the village of Caigua, North of Villamontes in Tarija Bolivia. The community group was supported by trainee facilitators from the Bolivian NGO NATIVA as part of a capacity building programme delivered by InsightShare on behalf of IUCN Netherlands.
This short video (mixing drama with some interviews) explores the impact of free-grazing cattle inside the community-owned forest reserve. Through the video-making process the participants investigated the issues and put forward proposals for protecting the reserve. Their recommendations include establishing an cross-community agreement to cease all grazing inside the forest and the posting of signboards to remind everyone of the ban on free-grazing.
Made by the people of Sakal Aduma village in the Garo Hills of Meghalaya, India. Mixing documentary and drama this short video explores the practise of 'Jhumming' - traditional methods of shifting cultivation - and how recent decreases in yields are forcing many within this tiny rural community (approximately 25 households) to consider taking up permanent agriculture in the form of plantations; in particular coffee, tea, orange and cardamom.