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2018 - A Year for Human Rights Defenders

By Rezwan on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 20:00
On 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly in Paris promulgated The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.The Declaration consists of 30 articles elaborating an individual's rights which have been incorporated in...

Witness To Participate In Rightscon 2018

By Rezwan on Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:40
 (This post has been republished from the WItness site. Witness is one of the founding members of the V4C Network.)  WITNESS is proud to be participating at RightsCon again this year! RightsCon is one the world’s leading conference on human rights in the digital age...
Hopefully, you have visited our beta version of the Video for Change and Impact Cookbook. Filled with practical tips, experiences, insights, and videos on how to use video for change. It’s an amazing resource for anyone (thinking of) using video to contribute to positive social change. Although we...

The Challenge of Working with Traumatic Imagery

By Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/28/2018 - 18:58
This post is written by a member from our partner organisation Videre, who wishes to be anonymous.I work for an organisation that supports human rights defenders in their endeavours to gather video evidence of human rights violations. Evidence gathered from places that others cannot or will not go....

Video4Change Network: What The Members Say

By Rezwan on Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:58
"Video For Change is a network of human rights activists, Journalists, trainers, video practitioners; all working together to improve the world through video." -Brian ConelyVideo4Change (V4C) is a network of 12 diverse organizations whose common goal is to defend human rights and justice using...

Video For Change: The Changes We Have Mapped

By Jessica Mayberry on Mon, 12/18/2017 - 04:57
 When activists get together, often it’s less like a conference and more like a family reunion, so intense are the shared experiences. And so it was at the recent two-day gathering of the Video4Change Network in Colombo, and also at the sessions we organised and facilitated at the Global...
Image: ‘Video For Change’ panel explored community-based video storytelling. Photo by Raphael Tsavkko Garcia, used with permission.(The article written by Elisa Marvena was originally posted in the Global Voices Summit 2017 page. Republished here under a CC license.)The Video4Change team was...

Video for Change: Creating and Measuring Ethical Impact

By seelan on Wed, 08/16/2017 - 14:40
A collaborative paper by Tanya Notley, Sam Gregory (WITNESS) and Andrew Lowenthal (EngageMedia) published in Volume 9 of the Journal of Human Rights Practice, Oxford University Press.Access the paper here. 

3 Filmmakers from Chizami Win Community Media Award

By seelan on Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:46
Source: Morung ExpressA 14-minutes documentary film, ‘Millets—Securing Lives’ (2015), from Chizami village, Nagaland, has bagged the first prize at the first ever National Community Media Festival organised by the Community Media Trust of Deccan Development Society (DDS), Telangana, in February...

Lena Hendry’s Conviction and RM10,000 Fine Unjust

By seelan on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 16:00
Press Statement by Video4Change partner Pusat KOMAS:Former Program Coordinator of Pusat KOMAS Lena Hendry was sentenced to pay a fine of RM 10,000 or spend a year in jail by the Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Lumpur for screening the Sri Lankan civil war documentary, “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields...
By Jessica Mayberry and Lucy HannanIn December 2016, the Video4Change (V4C) network organized a panel at Transparency International’s 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Panama on the subject, ‘Exposing Corruption with Digital Video: How citizens can use the tool in their...

Defending Human Rights in the United States

By seelan on Fri, 01/27/2017 - 14:05
Announcement from the WITNESS newsletter:"WITNESS is excited to announce that we are expanding our work in the United States through a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.With human rights under renewed threat, we can’t think of a more urgent moment to support...
Video4Change network member organizations Video Volunteers, InsightShare, InformAction TV and EngageMedia will be conducting a session titled, 'Exposing Corruption with Portable Camera Technology' at the 17th IACC conference in Panama on 2 December 2016.More information on the conference available...

Community Impact: School Implements RTE Rules

By seelan on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 14:00
The Right to Education (RTE) Act has laid down norms and standards for schools to ensure inclusive and quality education for all children of India. All the elementary schools have to comply to these rules. Unfortunately, many schools, especially in the hinterlands of India flaunt these rules...

Disputed Boundaries

By seelan on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 13:46
In Kenya, many conflicts are dismissed as 'cattle rustling', until they grow too serious to be ignored by the national government. Filmed in Isiolo, Northern Kenya, this film looks at how old boundaries and new resources become a deadly race of rivalry and survival between some of Kenya's...
From 24-26 August, EngageMedia participated in the Southeast Asia Video for Change Forum, which was held as part of the Freedom Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The festival is considered to be the most established human rights and environmental film event in the region, bringing...

Immersive Witnessing: From Empathy and Outrage to Action

By seelan on Fri, 08/19/2016 - 15:08
By WITNESSWe are in the moment of an explosion of opportunity and hype around the possibilities of the ‘wildfire’ of immersive media – the ‘empathy machines’ of virtual reality and the breathless urgency of personal live-streaming video via Facebook and Periscope.There has been a wave of recent...

Getting Practical with Impact

By Egbert Wits on Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:43
Video for Change practitioners can no longer get around impact. Donors require video-makers to measure their impact and lately, a lot of attention has been given to video’s role within society and civic movements. Britdoc’s Impact Guide is probably the most used guide at the moment, but...

First Video As Evidence Workshop in Myanmar

By seelan on Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:39
Calling all filmmakers, activists, citizen journalists, NGO workers, community reporters, human rights investigators and lawyers. WITNESS presents the first Video As Evidence workshop in Yangon, Myanmar, in partnership with EngageMedia.Find out more about the Video As Evidence initiative here.
19-year-old Mukesh was born into an 'untouchable' community in impoverished rural India. Now, as a correspondent for Video Volunteers, he documents corruption in his region's school system in an effort to transform his community for the better.Mukesh's childhood was marked by discrimination due to...
By WITNESSIn late February, YouTube released a new version of their custom blurring function. This feature allows users to blur select items in their videos such as faces or identifying information. In this post we will show you how to use the tool and give a brief background on why blurring...

Understanding Impact

By Egbert Wits on Mon, 03/21/2016 - 19:01
Ever since I started my work for the Video4Change Network, which was in late November 2015, I’ve been continuously confronted with the word, “impact”. More specifically, impact in the context of Video for Change. What is it? How do we measure it? How do we define it? And how do we communicate it to...

Video as Evidence in Brazil

By seelan on Mon, 03/07/2016 - 16:17
Videos caught on cell phone cameras have increasingly changed the outcome of many cases in Brazilian courts. These are cases where the truth would have never come to light without video – the attempt to cover up an execution by police in the Morro da Providencia community, in Rio; a young man...

Enabling Storytelling

By seelan on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 21:39
By Egbert Wits, Project Manager of the 'Video for Change Impact Cookbook'Today, video has quite possibly become the strongest conveyor of stories. Considering the power of storytelling, its potential to leave you hanging by the edge of your seat, change minds and force audiences to see things...

Webinar: Video for Change and Impact

By seelan on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:18
Join New Tactics in Human Rights and other Video for Change organizations for an online conversation on Video for Change and Impact from February 22-26, 2016.The use of video as a tool for creating social change is determined by the impact that video can have on individuals. Understanding the...

Storymaker 2 Officially Launched

By seelan on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 17:57
By Brian Conley, Small World NewsDownload StoryMaker 2It has been just over a year since the generous support of StoryMaker Coalition member Free Press Unlimited enabled us to rethink the interface and core functionality of the app in the fall of 2014. StoryMaker was originally imagined as a tool...
By Morgan Hargrave, WITNESSAs the influence of the internet has grown, so has its importance for human rights documentation. This explosion of content has created new challenges and opportunities. While more human rights documentation is definitely better, it’s not always easier.One of the major...

Impact Story: Handpump Repaired in Tati Village

By seelan on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:15
By Shanti BaraikIn April 2015, I made a video on the issue of access to water in Kamdara block’s Tati village which comes under Rampur panchayat. The hand pump had been broken for 6 months. All the sources of water accessible to the community were dirty or not working at all. I decided to tackle...

Is It All About Creating Impact?

By Egbert Wits on Wed, 12/23/2015 - 21:54
Today, audiovisual recording devices are everywhere. But does picking one up and hitting record necessarily mean creating an impact? Are people generally concerned, or even aware, of the impact a video can have?The omnipresence of the camera in our modern world surely has an impact. But I daresay,...

Round Up of our 2015 Focus For Change Benefit

By seelan on Mon, 12/21/2015 - 21:11
By WITNESSOn November 12, 2015, WITNESS celebrated the power of video to bring about justice at our annual Focus for Change Benefit in New York City. Co-hosted by the amazing Femi Oke and Peter Gabriel (via BeamPro robot), the night was a huge success! With the generous help of our supporters, we...

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