Participatory Video

IOM’s GMFF Participatory Video Project is an initiative to amplify voices, empower and foster social cohesion in migrants’ affected communities.

The workshop tour kicked off in Amman, Jordan, in October 2017. In November, it reached Malakal, South Sudan, to work with communities that have fled war and violence and in December last year, the workshop was held for a group of migrants living in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2018, it was held at an indigenous shelter for Venezuelan migrants in the North of Brazil. Afghanistan was its final destination. The initiative is funded by the IOM Development Fund (IDF) and supported by NORCAP.

BEHIND THE SCENES

AFGHANISTAN

 

MADAGASCAR

 

BRAZIL / VENEZUELA

 

SOUTH SUDAN

 

JORDAN

 

SWITZERLAND

 

PARTICIPATORY VIDEOS

AFGHANISTAN – WELCOME TO MY LIFE

 A group of 13 young Afghan women and men from different backgrounds and ethnicities have spent a week together in the western Afghan city of Herat to exchange experiences, direct and produce a film about migration.

The video was partly filmed in a desolate IDP camp on the outskirts of the city, which is home to more over 50,000 people driven from their homes by drought and conflict. Other sections were filmed in the gardens of the Manzar-e Jahad museum, Herat.

 

MADAGASCAR – FLOWERS OF HOPE

 A group of Malagasy women who were victims of human trafficking overcame their fear of speaking out and last week spent four days directing and filming their own stories of forced marriage and domestic slavery for a counter-trafficking documentary.

 

BRAZIL / VENEZUELA – SOMOS UN

Through games and exercises, the Waraos and Eñepas learned how to use the video equipment and choose the themes and stories they wanted to record in their films. Through a participatory editing process, they edited their videos which were screened to the community living in Pintolândia, a shelter specifically set up for indigenous migrants, currently hosting over 700 people.

 

SOUTH SUDAN - TRANSFORMING NEGATIVE INTO POSITIVE

This Participatory Video debuted at the Juba Global Migration Film Festival in November 2017. It was entirely directed, filmed and performed by youth at the protection of civilians (PoC) site in Malakal this October. The skits emphasize community and social support, forgiveness and perseverance.

 

JORDAN - TOGETHER UNITED NOT FRAGMENTED

Three real stories filmed in different styles through a participatory process. Each of the 13 participants have different motivations and backgrounds. During the collective process of creating this video, they have discovered how united they are.

 

SWITZERLAND - À TOUT PRIX

This film was made by 16 migrants of different nationalities during a Participatory Video workshop organized by the Global Migration Film Festival and La Roseraie Centre d’Accueil et de Formation in Geneva, Switzerland. It brings three true stories of hope and the process of integration into a new place and culture.