We at Pronesis Institute of Audiovisual and Social Change have been training low-income youth to produce socially and environmentally engaged documentaries. These short documentaries (5 in total) will be shown to the community in a local film festival that will also be open to other local films. All of the films talk about social and environmental problems of the second poorest region of the State of São Paulo, Brazil.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
They are the second poorest region of the State of São Paulo, Brazil, and all are low-income youth in a city that is far away from major urban and industrial communities. It is a rural community in inland Brazil which cares about issues like the environment but also has major social and environmental problems.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
They are working on the history of hydroelectric dam construction and its social and environmental impacts on their community like forest destruction, animal extinction, and loss of work due to lack of other opportunities aside from dam construction. They are also working on a story on the need for conservation of local monkeys that will not survive as a population if conservation is not installed. Prostitution and the dam is another film.
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.
A local NGO is the major partner. The new (since January) county major has announced support for the film festival.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
We are training 24 young people and they are divided into 5 filmmaking groups. They will also participate in the Festival organizing committee.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Rising Voices can alos help by bringing attention to the project and film festival and its effects so other communities can develop their own ideas from our experience. Pronesis Institute also hopes to promote other similar projects with low-income communities and produce other local film festivals in 2014 and we hope to work with Rising Voices again.
PRONESIS INSTITUTE OF AUDIOVISUAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE