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
Camera Ryan Kautz
Additional Footage Raja Althaibani P A de Potestad Chris Michael Chris Rogy WITNESS Partners
Script Chris Michael Chris Rogy Marisa Wong Ryan Kautz
Edited By Ryan Kautz
Voice Over Chris Rogy Marisa Wong
Music Amon Tobin "Mighty Micro People" Courtesy of Ninja Tune
Special Thanks To Raja Althaibani Taryn Crosby Chris Rogy
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://gbv.witness.org/resources/).
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 gbv.witness.org. Share your thoughts and feedback with us at email@example.com.
Thank you to the many individuals and organizations who supported the production of this video series!
INTERVIEWEE CREDITS 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
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.