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May 18 2009 - 02:20 PM
international aid, documentary film and education
I heard about this film/website/movement called "Beyond Good Intentions" from my old colleagues still working in Cambodia in NGOs and development projects. I'm excited to see documentary film intersecting with international aid in the form of a website where people can watch and learn about...what international aid/development is. The site aims to look at the effectiveness of international aid, and will publish videos weekly, moving across the southern hemisphere visible on their homepage. So it's part documentary, part online dialogue/discussion, and they've thrown in educational resources including a fellowship to join in future filming. What stands out to me about the presentation of the site is the way they don't stick to one mode--that is, the videos are part of site, but actually the site is part of the videos (and how you understand how they fit together). In the future I hope to be able to approach publishing videos in a similar way, telling a larger story with a series of videos, and offering a variety of ways for viewers to get involved. A side note within this topic, a friend of mine, Daniela Kon, recently won 'best international documentary' in the British Film Festival of Los Angeles (confusing, yes--she is a German living in London) for her film Changing the World on Vacation. The documentary looks at the world of 'voluntourism' or vacations with the purpose of doing volunteer work. As her film shows, the outcomes range from inspiring to upsetting. Our paths crossed when the NGO I was working for in Cambodia was one of the subjects of her film, and I have an awkward cameo or two in the final cut, I think.
|By: Doug Beacom|21864 Reads