7-day Participatory Video Workshop for Trainees/Trainers
Participatory Video is a media tool with great potential to empower individuals, peer groups and communities. It can create a space for marginalized groups within a social system. The realized film becomes the mouthpiece of the participants and encourages dialogue between different social groups and thus helps dissolve prejudices and stereotypes.
Participatory Video (PV) is not about just handing out some cameras and teaching some basic filming skills to participants. In fact, there are several important elements that need to be taken into account for PV to be truly empowering and participatory.
The potential and the benefits of PV don't lie primarily in the final product (the video) but in the process that have been undertaken by the participants in order to make the video. This process involves different stages of empowerment: The group decides what message they want to work on, whom they would like to address the film to and what the purpose of the final video should be. The whole process of taking part in a Participatory Video project enables the participants to reflect on their respective lives and living conditions. They deal with important topics that are moving their lives.
A worlwide usage of the PV-approach has the mission of advocacy. In this regard, it brings more positive messages into the world and it is a tool for conflict resolution. In any case it empowers participants, gives them a voice, makes their issues visible and opens opportunities for dialogue. It is a strong tool to empower and strengthen marginalized individuals like immigrants, prisoners, school dropouts, homeless people, refugees, unemployed young people, seniors (just to mention a few).
The training is very useful for trainers and teachers who work with vulnarable groups in adult education. It is mainly a practical workshop where the trainees learn all about the different elements of Participatory Video step by step.
Facilitator: Lisa Glahn, filmmaker and experienced in PV as a trainer and facilitator.
Technical equipment: Facilitator/Trainer provides equipment. Participants should bring their cameras they might want to use later (if available) as well as photo cameras, camcorders, smartphones and a laptop for film editing.
The group: 12 to 16 trainees (the presence of two representatives of the NGO or the adult education institution is helpful in respect to install a PV project)
Participation fee: 500€ per participant