Participatory video for peacebuilding in West Papu

Participatory video for peacebuilding in West Papu

Research in using Participatory Video to include the voices of the indigenous women in Papua-Indonesia conflict resolution and peacebuilding

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About this project

This research is about finding ways of including the voices of Papuan women in peacebuilding process using participatory video. The participants will learn how to produce, direct, film and edit a documentary film about their experience, opinion, wishes and feelings on the Papua-Indonesia conflict and how to achieve peace.

The participants will go out and film on locations of their choice, utilising a smartphone or small camera. With help from media experts, the participants will learn how to film, edit and put together a good documentary. They will also learn how to plan, produce, and direct a documentary. The final result will be a film with their names as producers, directors, camerapersons and editors to be shown in the capital city of Jakarta, international communities and independent cinemas around the world.

That is IF they want to be identified. This project will be a journey where we learn together. While the participants learn how to produce a documentary from the experts and from me; I will learn from the participants about their experiences, their opinions, and how they would advise the government on peace building. I will also learn from the production team about how to facilitate similar projects with other communities – that is about “Participatory Video Documentary Production”.

The participants will gain experience and contact with experts from the media industry, which will be a good experience should they decide to continue a media project with their community.

Some questions that may arise

1. Do the candidates have to say “yes” to participate? No. It is fully their choice. 

 2. Do they have to appear on camera and identify themselves? Not necessarily. Those who do not want to be identified can stay anonymous. There are special techniques to disguise identities. For example we can ‘blob’ the face, use only silhouette or shadow, or using only voice over a general view, or even use graphic and animation.  

 3. How long is the project? In total the project will run about 12 months. We will start with two workshops about documentary film production. After the second day workshop, we will start filming - the time and place will depend on the participants. After everyone is happy with all video footage, we will start editing.

 4. What will happen after filming? We will have a meeting to decide which footage to use for the final documentary film. It will totally up to each participant to decide which one they want or don’t want to use. The editor, which will be one of the participants, will work together with a professional to do the final edit. We will watch the final documentary together, discuss and reflect on our experience, and then we will show the film to the Indonesian Government, the international communities and the public.

 5. Some don’t mind telling their story, but don’t want anyone else to know where they live….?  Whether or not their faces and voices are included in the final documentary, I will not share anyone’s details to anyone else outside this research, and all the footage that we do not use in the final documentary will be deleted


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