Telling stories of war through the screen. Participatory video approaches and practice for peace in conflict-affected contexts

Valentina Baú

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Abstract

By bringing together literatures of Communication for Development and Conflict Transformation, this paper provides a theoretical illustration of the impact of participatory video as a tool for overcoming hostility among groups, as well as for healing and re-connecting communities that have endured loss and suffering as a consequence of civil war and inter-communal violence. This is accompanied by a number of practical experiences of projects implemented by organizations on the ground. This type of scenario, often characterized by a lack of dialogue among groups, has been recognized to be fertile ground for the setting up of community media, where people are given the means for self-expression. In particular, video productions created through participatory methodology can be effective tools for dealing with the hostility and grief that linger after a civil war, as they provide those channels of communication that are needed for effective development interventions aimed at community healing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalConflict and communication online
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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