We start with a camera, a workshop, and a story. Global Video Letters works with local community activists, NGO’s and youth to use film to inspire social change. Most importantly, we teach youth the skills they need to tell their own stories about what they see, experience, and want to share with the world.
Our workshops include human rights concepts, social advocacy, and the art of film making and encourage participants to engage in their communities, and then engage with the world.
A video letter is a communication tool. It is a message, a story, a vision, a voice and a film. It is simple, artistic, raw, and most importantly, it is ours. It is whatever we want it to be.
A video letter allows us all to tell our story (the way we see it) and then share it with the world.
A video letter might take the form of a ‘postcard’– a short video snapshot sent from one community to another. Or, it might be a full length ‘letter’ that more closely resembles a short for documentary, or a video advocacy piece. The video letter is a means to represent ourselves, advocate for our communities, and communicate to the world.
de la LUNA, a current GVL youth media project in Oaxaca, MX, will explore life at Casa Hogar Hijos de la Luna, a home and a refuge for families surviving desperate situations in Oaxaca city, Mexico. Through the unique stories of 6 adolescent youth, this film will explore what brought each family to Casa Hogar as well as the broader social issues that inform their daily lives. This documentary will be filmed entirely by the youth themselves.
February 10th – September 2nd, 2012.
The exhibition is now ended. An astonishing 130.000 people came and visited “In Afghanistan”!They experienced a new perspective on Afghanistan and through the Kabul Cards they saw and heard that there is still hope among the young people in Kabul.
From the Nobel Peace Center:IN AFGHANISTAN
shows different aspects of a country we have heard much about, without really knowing much. Anders Sømme Hammer and Christoffer Næss work with three girls in Kabul who want to change their society. Using hand-held cameras, the girls document their lives in the Kabul Cards