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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

Revenge
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 aid 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.

Vibrations - Kino Terragonik

In February, 2021, I online produced the film 'Vibrations' with a team of actors and filmmakers coming from Spain and Switzerland. For a period of one week, we worked jointly online. Shooting took place in two local studios in Catalonia, Spain. This film shows 6 emotions/ state of minds of people going from distrust and anger towards the state of healing and love. The story is beautifully reflected by 5 actors.
 
Online facilitation of thematic webinars
Between April 2020 and March, 2021, Facili2transform facilitated more than 15 online workshops with the Nedworc Association on topics such as Basic Income, Covid-19, Economic and Geografic developments in Africa, Health, Environment and the Sustainable Development Goals.  Facili2transform conducted 6 public webinars on remote participatory video.

Making-of of remote participatory video about the impact of the Corona epidemic

On the 3rd September, 2020 the ‘ Making off of remote participatory video’ was shared at a joint online workshop of ReflACTION, a network that promotes community-led action during humanitarian crisis. During the online event, attended by 25 development professionals, it discussed on how human change stories can be gathered and used for dialogue in case people in remote areas can difficult be reached because of the epidemic. Watch the making off:
 
Short drama film about psychological domestic violence produced at Kino MMXX in Liège, Belgium
In September, 2020 a team of actors and film crew producers jointly produced the drama film ‘ Déconnecté’ at Kino MMXX in Liège, Belgium. The 7-minute short film shows a case of psychological domestic violence.
 
Short dance film – online produced at Kino Terragonik, Spain
In June, 2020, a dance film was jointly produced with a team of actors and film crew producers at Kino Terragonik in Spain. The dance film supported by poetry shows the story of Erotomania, a dysfunctional human behaviour.
 
Remote participatory video documenting stories on the impact of Covid-19 on refugees in Germany, Turkey and Uganda
In May and June, 2020 Simon Koolwijk conducted together with Ralf Otto a remote participatory video intervention with the ReflACTION network, Welthungerhilfe, Kulika and Handicap International. The aim of the remote participatory video intervention was to listen to stories of refugees in Germany, Turkey and Uganda on how the Covid-19 crisis impacted their lives. Through a process of applying video conference meetings, online tools, teams in the three countries were enabled to direct refugees to record and shoot stories at their locations. All relevant footage was compiled and discussed with the PV teams. Finally, three interesting documentaries were ready and shared at a joint online film festival. The three teams had an opportunity to present and share their films and experiences. 
In the coming months, the organisations based in Germany, Turkey and Uganda will plan to use the video for awareness raising and advocacy activities. Already some adaptations have been made in the service delivery of the organisations based on the collected stories and feedback from the refugees.
 
Workshop participatory video showing the future of work in 2055, 2090 and 2125
Together with Hans Broeks, I facilitated on the 3rd December, 2019 the workshop 'Participatory video' visualizing the future of work in 2055, 2090 and 2125. This workshop was part of the Art of agile network, which promotes the idea that art is inspiring for agile working. Three short video stories were produced which we presented and exposed at a Museum with Art showing the future of work. At the start of the workshop, the film 'The computer of the future' was shown, which we jointly produced as part of a participatory process in the fall of 2019. At the end of the event, participants shared their insights and learnings on the earth globe. Read more about the process;  Absolute beginners - a responsive creative approach, author Ronald Teeuw,  https://artofagile.wixsite.com/artofagile/post/absolute-beginners-a-responsive-creative-approach   
 
Participatory video in South-Sudan - Crisis affected people reflecting on their role in the decision-making  in humanitarian aid.
In the whole month of October, 2019 I conducted a participatory video intervention in two communities in South Sudan. People shared their stories on how crisis-affected people are involved in decision making in the design, implementation and evaluation of humanitarian interventions.
The learning experiences were shared from 19 - 21 November 2019 at the Forum of Reflaction, a network that promotes locally led initiatives in crisis situations.
The participatory video intervention gained a lot of new insights and was very empowering for all the actors involved.
 
Participatory video to kick-off the dialogue about 'The Future of Work' 
During the summer of 2019, professionals participating in the 'Art of Agile' network developed a script and a story about 'the Future of Work'. On the 27th September, 2019 a short film was shot about the 'Computer of the Future'. The story tells from the perspective of 1984, when people in a company look 35 years forward on how the future of 2019 will look like. This film formed the kick-off of the 'Art of Agile' meeting about 'The Future of Work', which was held on the 3rd December, 2019 where all participants contributed towards a joint piece of Art visualizing 'The Future of Work' in 2055, 2090 and 2125.
 
Short films - Kino Kabarets Liege, Leipzig, Paris and Jena
Between April and September 2019, I produced and directed joint with a team of actors, dancers, camera and sound people five beautiful short movies. Two short drama movies and three dance movies. The films were produced at the Kino Kabarets of Liege, Paris, Leipzig, and Jena. The last one, called Emptiness, was produced at Kino Jena together with Alena Leistner (Dance and Cheography), Frank Muller (Camera), Constance Volkmar (Voice over) and Julia Bierau (Translation). Watch some of the movies at https://vimeo.com/simonkoolwijk
 
Mid-term review social accountability in Sierra Leone and evaluation humanitarian response program in Nigeria
Between February and April, 2019, I conducted two evaluations in Western Africa. The first one was a mid-term review (MTR) assessing the Theory of Change (ToC) of a Social Accountability and Building Inclusion program taking place nationwide in Sierra Leone. This program aims to improve the quality of public service provision (health, education and water supply) by involving citizens. During the evaluation more than 200 actors were interviewed about the progress of the project. Finally, the mid-term review was finalized with a national meeting, involving all key stakeholders representing local, district and national level. Two videos composed of stories of change and areas for improvement, captured and shot during the MTR, were shown for discussion. Finally findings were shared, discussed and compiled to conclusions and recommendations at a final team review meeting.
This MTR was followed by an evaluation of a humanitarian response program in the north-east of Nigeria. There the impact and results were assessed of an ‘unconditional cash program’ and an intervention preventing the malnourishment of children. Both interventions aimed to help marginalized groups and internally displace people(IDPs), who had suffered from food shortages and civil war in the north-east of Nigeria. The evaluation was finalized with a team briefing, where jointly conclusions and recommendations were formulated with the key implementing local organisations. Facili2transform is committed to further implement similar evaluations in 2019 and 2020.
 
Videomaking for monitoring and evaluation - 7th and 8th February, 2019
On the 7th and 8th February, 2019 two monitoring and evaluation experts participated at the 2-day training ‘Videomaking for monitoring and evaluation’ held at Kontakt der Kontinenten, Soesterberg, The Netherlands.  In two days they gained knowledge on how to apply video for monitoring and evaluation, camera techniques and the characteristics of a good video, which was followed by a lot of practice on story development, filming and editing. At the end of the training the M & E experts showed and shared a short video production, based on two practical case studies, which they had developed during the training.
 
Are you interested in this training, the next one will be held on 10 - 11 December, 2020.  Read more at 'Videomaking for M & E'
 
 
Participatory video and the win-win of diversity and inclusion - January, 2019
At the event 'Being Human in Agile Times' organised by Capgemini - Agile on the Fly on the 21st January, 2019 Saskia Ivens and I conducted a workshop about the Win-Win of Diversity and Inclusivity in an agile working context. With a group of 10 participants we discussed 'Change Management issues - challenges, opportunities and solutions - for gender, diversity and inclusivity by using participatory video. We had some very interesting eye openers about the added value of working in diverse and inclusive teams.

Video for monitoring and evaluation - October, 2018

From 25th - 26th October, 2018 Facili2transform (Simon Koolwijk) conducted the training Video for Monitoring and Evaluation. During the training participants gained skills on how to apply video for the monitoring and evaluation of projects.  Watch the video with impressions from participants and the trainer Simon Koolwijk. The video is a joint production of both participants and the trainer. Watch:

If you are interested in a training on Video for Monitoring and Evaluation, please consult the website of Facili2transform.  Website:  https://www.facili.nl/

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Participatory video to kick-off the dialogue about 'The Future of Work'

During the summer of 2019, professionals participating in the 'Art of Agile' network developed a script and a story about 'the Future of Work'. On the 27th September, 2019 a short film was shot about the 'Computer of the Future'. The story tells from the perspective of 1984, when people in a company look 35 years forward on how the future of 2019 will look like. This film formed the kick-off of the 'Art of Agile' meeting about 'The Future of Work', which was held on the 3rd December, 2019 where all participants contributed towards a joint piece of Art visualizing 'The Future of Work' in 2055, 2090 and 2125.

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The empowering effect of participatory video!

I am very impressed with the empowering effect of participatory video on the community, government officials and service providers. In addition we started using video contents in our M & E system of our organization and the videos helped us to measure service improvement through implementation of Social Accountability. Tigest Tewabe, Project coordinator, JECCDO