Participatory video: Re-empowerment of the Local Community of Takab, Promotion of Sustainable Livelihoods and Restoration of qanat, a Cultural Heritage of Desert Communities
Participatory videos deploy a set of techniques to involve a group or community in shaping and creating their own film. Making a video should be easy and accessible, and is a great way of bringing people together to explore issues, to voice concerns or simply to be creative and tell stories. This process can be very empowering, enabling a group or community to take actions to solve their own problems and also to communicate their needs and ideas to decision-makers and/or other groups and communities.
To encourage eco-tourism activities and increase self-reliance within the Takab community, three Participatory Video workshops were held in January and February 2015. During the first workshop, members of the Cenesta’s Documentary Working Group facilitated an educational session for seven women of the community for a short movie production. The result of this workshop was a 15-minute short video focusing on the issues and challenges of the Shafiabad village regarding tourism and produced by the participants.