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Venezuela and MENA Professionals Share Their Insights on Using Video to Document Protests

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WITNESS is bringing together activists, filmmakers, and lawyers from Venezuela and the Middle East to discuss the use of video to document human rights abuses. 

Filmmaker and video activist Irene Herrera , founder of Video Venezuela,
Gustavo Zambrano activist and videographer at Voces Sin Derechos, human rights lawyer Gonzalo Himiob, Santomé from Foro Penal Venezolano, and
Mayss Al-Zoubi, Syrian video activist and Regional Consultant here at WITNESS Show less
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Guide to Conducting Interviews with Survivors of Sexual & Gender Based Violence Play

witness.org | This six-part video series provides practical tips and insight from activists, survivors and experts on interviewing techniques, creating appropriate questions, safety and security, and the effects of trauma on survivors. The video series accompanies our written guide on "Conducting Safe, Effective and Ethical Interviews with Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence." (http://bit.ly/19NFhCI).

The idea to produce these guides came from WITNESS' experiences with activists and partner organizations working to end sexual and gender-based violence globally. Their feedback made it clear that there was a need for guidance on how to conduct these interviews. Documenting stories of survivors can be difficult for a number of reasons including: societal stigma and shame; the threat of retribution by the perpetrator or institutions that wish to bury these stories; and, poorly conducted interviews can lack respect for the rights and dignity of survivors. All of these have the ability to expose survivors to further hardship or risks to their personal safety. Our hope is that these guides will help filmmakers, activists and advocacy organizations record interviews with survivors more safely, ethically and effectively.

Learn more about WITNESS' Gender Based Violence campaign at witness.org. Share your thoughts and feedback with us at training@witness.org.

Thank you to the many individuals and organizations who supported the production of this video series!

Alain Kabenga: Activist/Survivor, Men of Hope Association
Elana Newman, Ph.D.: Professor at University of Tulsa, Research Director/ Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Faisal Khan: College Coach & Teacher/Survivor
Fungisai Maisva: Researcher
Kate Rush-Cook: Activist/Survivor
Katherine Hull: VP of Communications, RAINN
Katlyn Lewicke: Activist/Survivor
Lisa Jackson: Filmmaker and Producer
Melissa Bermudez: LICSW and Training Manager, RAINN
Mora Fernández: Activist/Survivor
Nancy Schwartzman: Filmmaker/Activist/Survivor
Otim Patrick: Filmmaker/Activist, Refugee Law Project - School of Law, Makerere University
Refik Hodzic: Director, Communications ICTJ
Rutendo Munengami: Activist/Survivor
Tiphanie Crittin: Researcher/Project Officer, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights

How to Film Protests: A Video for Change Guide Play

From http://www.witness.org | This five-part "How to Film Protests" series incorporates the best practices WITNESS has developed with over 300 partners in 80 countries who are using video for human rights documentation and to create lasting change.

From raw documentation of human rights violations in Syria to the Occupy protests and the range of police abuse and misconduct therein, citizen video is an increasingly powerful tool for human rights documentation.

Now more than ever we need to ensure that the footage that we capture as activists incorporates essential information like the exact date, time and location so it may best be used by the media, as evidence, and for advocacy. Additionally, we need to pay special attention to the unique safety and security risks that we face as filmmakers and activists, as well as risks to those we capture in our footage.

--- How-to Film Safely and Effectively for Human Rights ---

This video series is broken into small, two-minute videos, and focuses on how to best prepare to film, choose and test your equipment, get good footage, film as part of a team and conduct interviews.

Whether you're filming the May 1st Occupy Wall Street protests and events or just want to be prepared to best use your camera phone if you are in the wrong place at the right time, watch these how-to videos to be best prepared to capture good footage that will be engaging, informative and can be used for potential advocacy and evidentiary use.

We are excited to share these tips in video and text. Let us know how they are useful for you, and what you would add to make them even better by adding comments to the videos or at http://blog.witness.org

--- Credits ---

Produced By
Ryan Kautz
Chris Michael

Ryan Kautz

Additional Footage
Raja Althaibani
P A de Potestad
Chris Michael
Chris Rogy
WITNESS Partners

Chris Michael
Chris Rogy
Marisa Wong
Ryan Kautz

Edited By
Ryan Kautz

Voice Over
Chris Rogy
Marisa Wong

Amon Tobin
"Mighty Micro People"
Courtesy of Ninja Tune

Special Thanks To
Raja Althaibani
Taryn Crosby
Chris Rogy

Executive Producer
Sam Gregory

Gender Based Violence Play

From http://www.witness.org | These videos highlight our work with the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice (http://www.iccwomen.org/) and their locally-based partners. Women's Initiatives is an international women's human rights organization advocating for gender-inclusive justice both at and through the International Criminal Court (ICC). http://www.witness.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=vie­w&id=1090&Itemid=44

Forced Evictions Around the World Play

http://www.witness.org | Most development projects, at face value, seem aimed at improving the lives of people. A new dam will generate more electricity to power industry; a new sports complex for a major event like the World Cup will bring in new revenue and evoke national pride; a new shopping mall will create new businesses and therefore more jobs.

The reality for communities living at or near a project -- be it a dam, a sports complex, or a shopping mall -- is often quite different. A project being developed on their land, on their homes, is often about the destruction of communities, the disruption of lives, and the impoverishment of people.

How to Create Videos for Change Play

From http://www.witness.org | These are short video guides are about the fundamentals in video production to help you create your videos for change.
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