This film is a visual dictionary of the Baka language, intended as an educational tool for those wishing to learn their first Baka words as well as giving a fascinating insight into Baka life in the forest. It was created during a two-month skills exchange between InsightShare and Baka organisation Okani.
Conversations with the Earth has led to an international indigenous family of communities and media hubs covering 4 continents and many diverse ecosystems. Participatory Video capacity building was the catalyst to community empowerment and the amplifying of excluded voices of the traditional custodians of our planet's biocultural diversity. This photostory visually describes the 10 days we spent together in Copenhagen in December 2009 participating in the UN COP15 conference and Klimaforum, the people's summit.
For too long the Baka peoples, who are traditional forest dwellers of Central Africa, have been discriminated against, abused and marginalised. Through the development of a Peoples Video Hub called Okani (“Rise Up”) they have secured funding to continue their Participatory Video projects amongst the people of the Central African forests.
On the 29th October 2009 Soledad Muniz gave a talk about InsightShare´s work and the ´Conversation´s With the Earth´ project at CUiD (Cambridge University International Development). This article reviews her talk and concludes that she provided the audience with a convincing yet self-critical account of participatory video methods which was powerfully demonstrated in the 'Indigenous Voices on Climate Change' project.
Forest dwellers feel the heat as traditional seasons fail. Fruits are rotting on the trees due to the excessive heat. Even the forest floor is drying up. ‘Facing Changes in African Forests’ was created by members of the Baka community in eastern Cameroon during a Participatory Video training in April 2009.