'On Solid Ground' Hurricane Mitch

  terry gibson

I've made a large number of films in the South and when I was asked to consider making films to capture the learning and experience of local NGOs responding to the Hurricane Mitch disaster in Central America I felt it was time to do it differently. I proposed that I trained local people to gather the material (for a start they speak Spanish!) and that's what they did. Most significantly the people I trained went on to train other people, some at local community level. Modern technology is very forgiving and with relatively simple rules people were set free to tell their stories. Like much 'participative' video this depended on 'outsiders' to edit the material. Projects like 'Digital Bridges' and 'Linkspace' have taken the idea a stage further by putting people in total control of 'authoring' their own material

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