The use of video for social change is emerging across Sub-Saharan Africa, where activists are using video in advocacy campaigns and engaging communities to discuss and address local social issues including sexual and gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, the environment, torture, war, and more.
To bring these groups together WITNESS and its allies SONKE and STEPS have organized the first ever video-for-change convening in Sub-Saharan Africa. The convening will be attended by over 20 video activists from 13 countries including Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, South Africa, South Sudan/Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
During the three-day gathering, which begins today at the University of Cape Town, we’re aiming to create a space for video activists to share experiences, network, inspire and learn from one another and foster collaboration. Furthermore, we will support these activists and their groups to stay connected through the global V4C (Video-for-Change) network, as well as through our new regional Video-for-Change community.
A video about Nuba Reports, a group participating in this week’s training in South Africa
Some of the participants include: Nuba Reports who have been using video to document the bombings in the Nuba Mountains by the Sudanese government; Zambia’s Vilole Images, a film production house that empowers advocates to tell stories of marginalized people and communities; and Cape Town’s Street Talk, who produce film series that highlight daily social issues facing South Africans.
A recent promo video produced by Street Talk about their programming which airs on Cape Town public access television.
At the end of the three days, participants will leave with a better understanding of how video is being used in Sub-Saharan Africa, best practices on using video for change, and how they can continue to collaborate and share learnings through the video-for-change network. We will be producing a short video about the convening that will be shared with the global Video-for-Change network and through the WITNESS blog.
Photo: Bukeni Waruzi at a previous WITNESS training.