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Building Peace through Social Change Communication: participatory video in conflict-affected communities

This paper by Valentina Bau, Graduate student at Macquarie University, Department of Media, Music, Communication & Cultural Studies, looks at an InsightShare participatory video project in the Rift Valley of Kenya after the 2007–2008 post-election crisis, when the country underwent a period of intense ethnic violence.

By linking development communication to conflict transformation theory, her article offers a framework that highlights the impact that communication for social change can have in post-conflict settings through the use of participatory media. It shows how participatory video can contribute to re-establishing relationships and creating a shared understanding of the conflict, while building the view of an interconnected future among opposing groups. Through this case study, Valentina illustrates how the participatory videos created became a peacebuilding tool for the youth in the Rift Valley. Through information gathered from interviews with young victims and perpetrators of the Kenya Post-election Violence, she discusses how both the filming and the screening of these films have opened a dialogue between different groups and contributed to processes of social change.

Click here to read or download the article.
Click here to watch the films made by the youth.  

Click here to view a photostory about the project.
Click here to read about Valentina's work on C4D in Peace building.