In December 2012, IUCN Netherlands invited InsightShare to conduct a capacity building programme in participatory video facilitation for its partner staff based in Meghalaya, north-east India. A three-stage training programme was developed for staff from the Wildlife Trust of India and reporters from the ‘What If We Change’ project, and delivered between January and April 2013. View the photo story here: http://tinyurl.com/PhotostorySakalAduma
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 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.
The process of collaboratively planning and producing videos can bring people together to record and celebrate cultural food practices, strengthen traditional knowledge of the environment, and build strategies for a sustainable and resilient future. This article describes three recent examples of participatory video projects that aimed to stimulate food sovereignty - from Meghalaya (India), Gamo Highlands (Ethiopia) and Chiang Mai (Thailand).
A film made by community members from Nongtraw village, Khatarshnong, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India. The Village Development Committee wanted to send a message to their community and beyond that there is 'No Need to Worry' if you can depend on the local natural resources available freely such as wild vegetables, fish, and bamboo for building.
A participatory video made by community members of the Khasi village of Nongtraw, East Khasi Hills, Khatarshnong, Meghalaya, North East India. These 3 film chapters were made as part of an InsightShare participatory video project initiated and funded by the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty.
Fifty members of the Khasi village in Nongtraw, Meghalaya, North West India, made a video with the support of InsightShare and KSO, a local indigenous organizationas part of the project for the Indigenous Partnership for Food Sovereignty and Agrobiodiversity. The video was presented at the Terra Madre meeting in Sweden (June 17th-19th 2011) by the commuity members themselves.