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Participatory video production: An ideal or wishful thinking

Mhando, M. (2010) Participatory video production: An ideal or wishful thinking. In: MeCCSA Conference 2009, 14 - 16 January 2009, National Media Museum, Bradford.

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    Abstract

    In 2003 participatory video productions were undertaken in Tanzania to support the work of the World Bank under the aegis of the Economic and Social Research Foundation in Tanzania (ESRF). These videos were intended to record and support the participatory research initiative that had been earlier undertaken in Tanzania (2001-2002) and therefore enhance the work of assessing poverty reduction in developing countries and Tanzania in particular. This paper and accompanied video (12 minutes) attempts to describe in some detail the issues involved in undertaking not only participatory research activities but participatory media production as well.

    It is in order to clarify this knowledge base, involving people in the process of analysing their problems that novel and uncommon methods such as the participatory videos are initiated. These videos intended to describe, involve and capture the environment and mood of the people as they describe their understanding of their vulnerability. The videos can also be viewed as advocacy tools for involving the wider community to pressurize and advocate for change. The videos aim to influence policy making, target action in support of specific issues faced by the communities, and finally transform power relations between the poor and their governing bodies. (Okahashi, 2000).

    This paper proposes to discuss the theoretical foundations and methodological approaches to the video production processes taking hold in African under the so-called participatory video production methods and question their conceptualisation, efficacy and ethics.

    Publication Type: Conference Paper
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/11451
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