This project will multiply the effects of two years of work by the MDDF (Movement in Defense of Slum Dwellers’ Rights) to produce a documentary about the history of the movement through interviews with its leaders (to May 2013). This new project will offer video workshops and open-air movie nights showing the workshop videos and the documentary in 10 slum areas, mobilizing youth and presenting their voices alongside those of the older generation.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Santo André, São Paulo
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
We are an association that brings together residents of informal settlements in Santo André, São Paulo, defending the right to housing and quality public services. While access to the internet has skyrocketed, almost no content is produced by slum residents of our city, beyond placement of text and photos by individuals on social networks. We will work with youth and adults from the 10 communities that are most active in our organization.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Participants in each one-day workshop will plan and shoot a short video about a topic of their choice, with a focus on positive stories that counteract negative stereotypes about slums, or on concerns of youth of that community. The videos will be edited in the following days and then the short videos and the professionally-produced video about the history of the MDDF will be shown in each community and posted on social networks and our blog.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
We already have strong relationships with the community associations and leaders, as the MDDF's board and membership are composed of residents from informal areas around the city. We also have a partnership with a production company that is filming the MDDF documentary at no cost and with cultural groups that could provide workshop leaders at low cost and help to mobilize other resources. We also have a donated projector for the presentations.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
We expect to easily attain 10 participants from each of 10 communities. Many of these are already long-term participants in the MDDF. The new participants, especially youth, will be sought out through contacts with community leaders, social networks and posters in each community. All new participants will be added to our social networks and text message invitation lists, so that they can continue participating in other activities.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Rising Voices may be able to help connect our work to international supporters by spreading the content produced through its online channels. Judging from the wide variety of interesting projects posted on the microgrant website, it would be possible for Rising Voices to support the formation of a network consisting of grassroots organizations elsewhere in Brazil and Latin America that have similar objectives, whether grants are awarded or not.
Edinilson Ferreira dos Santos
MDDF – Movimento de Defesa dos Direitos de Moradores em Favela de Santo André – Movement in Defense of Slum Dwellers’ Rights