In the past few months, the degree of violence in Egypt has increased. There have been lots of cases of abduction, rape, torture and murder. Poorer neighborhoods are most subject to violence & least covered in media. A series of workshops by Filmmakers with help of activists can give a specific group the chance to self monitor human rights violations by equipping them to create Video & Audio projects to tell their stories and share it.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Many cities like Suez & Alexandria had little to no attention in national & international news during the revolution. Nowadays violence is escalating & a new regime is trying to gain control by excessively using force. Voices of opposition are being crushed, especially in poorer areas. Thirty individuals from such areas in Alexandria, will be aided to learn to cover the violations happening in their community and promote their causes.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Films, Photographs and Audio art works will be the main products of these workshops. They will be shared online and promoted through social media. But I also hope to equip two teams in two different areas with the basic digital tools to be able to keep their coverage continuous creating two alternative media news teams.
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.
I've the support of Badroom Studio, a local audio-visual studio that has produced many art projects & is eager to help contribute to the cause with equipments. I also plan to team up with Janaklees for visual arts to help provide training areas, facilities & possibly trainers. I will seek the support of the British Council & the culture resource NGO to help promote & repeat the project. I've previously collaborated with all mentioned entities.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
Thirty individuals between the age of 14 & 40 from areas with high violence and low economic status will be trained during the workshops hopefully to create two alternative media news teams with artistic and broadcasting standards. Human rights activists will also aid these groups in monitor human rights violations. Through the political & human rights activists strong network & connections in these areas, I plan to sustain their participation.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Publicity & promotion of the blog and youtube channel will be very helpful to the cause. Also connections to NGOs with interest in information sharing, under privileged teen advocacy and Human rights will be appreciated.