This is a video about the amazing tool of Participatory Video, as understood and practiced by InsightShare. This introductory video features examples from InsightShare projects in Nigeria, Peru, Malawi, India, Rwanda, UK, Uganda, China, South Africa and Ghana.

'Insights into Participatory Video' is essential viewing for anyone interested in learning more about Participatory Video and how InsightShare has used this method to enable various groups and communities to tell their own stories in their own words. It describes the basic Participatory Video process, the decision-making stages, community-based screenings and using the resulting video messages as advocacy tools for a variety of audiences.

InsightShare uses Participatory Video as a tool for individuals and groups to grow in self-confidence and trust, and to build skills to act for change. Our Participatory Video methods value local knowledge, build bridges between communities and decision-makers, and enable people to develop greater control over the decisions affecting their lives.

For more information:
www.insightshare.org

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Comment by Soledad Muniz on May 31, 2013 at 9:05pm

Hi Olivia!

So glad this inspired you and hope it will inspire many more! You can also check out I've posted a recent TEDx talk that Chris Lunch, founder & director, has given not so long ago, highly recommended!!! Check on my page in this group.

All your questions about editing are really important! We give our perspective on how to do participatory editing and preserve informed consent as well as community ownership in her: http://insightshare.org/resources/right-based-approach-to-pv-toolkit It's a toolkit we developed in recent years about how to use rights-based approach to Participatory Video. You have a lot of details on editing there.

Hope that helps and all the best for your work in Cambodia. I'm now in Kenya, so we can meet up once we are both back in the big smoke :)

Comment by Olivia Munoru on May 31, 2013 at 8:29am

Soledad, watching this film today has warmed my heart and excited me. I am here in Cambodia as we plan for a wonderful process of CLCP in 12 villages, starting with training 45 facilitators in August. The support team in the partner have a strong background and enthusiasm for Participatory Video, and have made it their dream to incorporate PV into this project next year. I will share your video with them and their seniors, to help them realise this dream.

One question I have is about the practicalities around editing. Generally, in your experience, who edits the raw footage? If it is not a member of the community, how do they keep the essence of the story that the community wish to tell? How do they make the difficult decisions about what to keep in and what to edit out? Where does the editing usually take place? (ie. are some community film-makers present in the edit?).

This approach of yours is pure SALT. I have so much to learn from you and I can't wait until we FINALLY meet for our long overdue coffee!

Comment by Soledad Muniz on March 24, 2013 at 8:45pm

It depends a lot on the project, generally we try to build in support for a certain period of time in the project itself (1 to 3 years, for example) and there is always contact and support from us afterwards to help find funding. It's great you are interested! Please feel free to ask me more via email.

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on March 24, 2013 at 8:39pm

Thanks. Who invests when the equipment at the hubs has to be replaced in the long run? Trying to understand Soledad:-)

Comment by Soledad Muniz on March 24, 2013 at 7:19pm

Hi Rituu! Glad you enjoyed it. There are multiple ways in which we support sustainability through capacity building, and particularly through indigenous video hubs. You can check more here: http://www.insightshare.org/pv/how-we-work & here: http://www.insightshare.org/hubs/list

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on March 24, 2013 at 6:26pm

I loved the video, the music and the concept. It was heartwarming to hear the pride in the voice of  community members, the great ownership. Kudos to you and your team Soledad! I have a question: how is this made sustainable?

Thanks

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