Stories of Transformation - Online Mini Film Festival
On the 25th November, we had an inspiring online festival on participatoryvideo having 42 visitors from different parts of the world. Corinna Philpott and Washington Sati shared a beautiful film made by deaf young people in Kenya showing on how they empowered themselves and created job opportunities. Dirk R Frans (PhD) shared a short film about a water and natural resource management project in Afghanistan. In just 6 minutes he was able to show the complexity of a nature restoration project, which can hardly be explained in a written report. The festival was closed with the making of a participatory video intervention with refugees living in two settlements in Greece. Ralf Otto and Simon Koolwijk shared on how they facilitated this process, supported by the stories from Hawa Emma, Axel Schmidt and Xemi Bozini. It was a great event. We welcome more PV makers, who like to share their stories or films, when we host and organize an online mini festival on participatory video.
Videocast client interview with Corinna Philpott, MEAL advisor and Washington Sati, PV facilitator
In November, 2021, a videocast client interview was held with Corinna Philpott, advisor Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning at Deaf Child Worldwide and Washington Sati, Deaf Consultant and Participatory Video facilitator. They share their story on how a participatory video intervention was implemented with deaf young people in Kenya. Corinna followed in April, 2021 the course Remote Participatory Video with Facili2transform and directly after the training, she started to implement her lessons learned. She got in contact with Washington and together they developed and implemented the participatory video intervention. The young deaf people were excited to participate in this project and we able to share their experiences and progress, they had made in the last couple of years in the project. They had gained more confidence, and employers had gained more awareness on how to communicate and work with deaf young people. Watch this interesting videocast where Corinna and Washington share their story.
Voices – Online Training in Remote Participatory Video
At the end of October/ early November ’21, humanitarian professionals from Germany, Kenya, Somalia, Serbia, Iraq and Turkey participated in an online training organized by the IFHV and VENRO and hosted under the umbrella of the academy for humanitarian action (aha). In a five-day training they jointly produced a 14-minute participatory video on the topic on what is means for humanitarian professionals to give a voice to the people. Remote Participatory Video enables professionals to get a deeper understanding of complex processes in humanitarian interventions. The training was facilitated by Ralf Otto and Simon Koolwijk. The group jointly presented their film during an online screening on the 18th November, 2021. The event was attended by 45 people, mostly from the organisations for which the participants are working.
Videocast interview with Dirk R. Frans, expert water resource management and senior evaluator
In November, 2021, a videocast interview was done with Dirk R. Frans. He is an expert water resource management and senior evaluator. He applies his expertise in countries such as Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, where water resource management and landscape restoration and preservation plays an important role. Dirk shares his experiences on how the training Video for Monitoring and evaluation helped him to improve the quality of his work. He shares some interesting examples on where photography and video made a huge difference in the evaluation and the decision making of improving the service delivery of NGOs, private and public service providers to communities.
Videocast interview with Lucia Nass, expert social accountability and local governance
In October, 2021, a videocast interview was done with Lucia Nass, expert social accountability. She was coordinator capacity building at the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program between 2013 and 2019. This programme took place all over Ethiopia and involved more than 100 communities. She guided and managed the participatory video interventions that took place in this programme. The participatory video interventions that took place visualized issues, changes and generated dialogue for change in communities.
Making of remote participatory video - listening to the voices of refugees
Between January – June, 2021 a participatory video intervention was conducted with refugees and humanitarian aid workers in Greece. This video shows the process, experiences with the process on how the voice was given to refugees on how they experience the life in the refugee camps and on how they see their future. The process was facilitated through remote means by Ralf Otto and Simon Koolwijk.
Secret - Dance movie
In last week of August, 2021, we made with a wonderful team the dance/ poetry film Secret (5 minutes) at Kino Dynamique in Jena, Germany. The film tells the story about loss, mourning and acceptance. The film has been submitted to a number of festivals.
In the mid of August, 2021 together with a wonderful crew, we produced a second drama film at Kino Leipzig. Revenge is a comedy telling the story about three people, who are cheating each other in their relationships. Revenge has a price, which becomes comes clear if the story gets unfolded.
Mystery of the disappeared farmer's wife
In the mid of August, 2021, I participated at Kino Datsche in Leipzig, Germany. I had the opportunity to produce together with a wonderful crew a drama film in documentary style. Mystery of the disappeared farmer’s wife tells the story about the disappearance of Alena from a farm. Three children, the brother-in-law and Alena’s sister are looking back on what happenend in the last 33 years. In September, 2021, the film was selected and screened at the 4th Multicultural Film Festival in Toronto.
Remote participatory video documenting stories on refugees in Greece
From January - June, 2021 a team of refugees and members from a local humanitarian organisation were going through a remote participatory video intervention. The main aim of the intervention was to listen to the voices of refugees in two refugee settlements in the North of Greece and to better understand their life situation on what is currently important in their lifes. The process was completed with an online projection on the 1st July, 2021. The process was guided remotely by Ralf Otto and Simon Koolwijk.
During the first phase of the project participants have strengthened their video making skills, including research, story development, filming and editing. By the end of February, 2021 each team per settlement finalised a life story of a refugee. During the second phase working, two teams completed a participatory documentary, including space for the refugees to share their voices on issues which are important for them. The films were shared during an online projection on the 1st July, 2021.
Online projection film 'Adapting to the Pandemic' by the participants of the training Remote Participatory Video
From 12 - 16 April, 2021 four participants working with NGOs or private companies, participated in the training Remote Participatory Video. The 5-day online training was conducted by Ralf Otto and Simon Koolwijk. As completion of the course, on the 6th May, 2021, the 12-minute participatory video 'Adapting to the Pandemic' was shown and shared with an audience of 30 participants coming from the organisations, where the participants were working. During the 2-hour online session the benefits, learnings and possibilities were shared amongst the participants.
Online exhibition Zozan Hamo's Road to Hope
In March, 2021 I facilitated and guided the online exposition of Zozan Hamo's Road to Hope. Zozan is a mother who had to flee the war in Syria and brought her children to safety. She made a number of beautiful and impressive painting of her journey. I also assisted in the editing of the short 4 minute video showing parts of the online exposition, Zozan's story and the dialogue.
Kick off facilitation strategic planning process with Sinek's Golden Circle
On the 13th November, 2018 I facilitated the Kick off of a strategic planning process with an international organisation working on environment and bio diversity. In this facilitation I worked with Sinek's Golden Circle to create consensus for its mission statement and unique added value.