This video is the outcome of a six-day audio-visual workshop with youth from two different communities at the state of Piauí in Northern Brazil. It reflects on their experiences and understanding of the actual learning process and presents two extracts from their filmed works edited by them.
The workshops took place in government supported cultural centres and aimed at further directing youth towards the importance of social awareness. The young men and women attending those centres were encouraged to employ visual mediums in order to represent or criticise issues beyond their cultural habitats.
Employing ‘participatory filmmaking’, these workshops explored different concepts, approaches and tools with which participants could use video documentation as means to analyse political and economic issues in order to promote social change.
These workshops are part of a project at the end of which such cultural centres could negotiate the creation of ‘youth production centres’. As communication hubs, such centres would promote local opportunities for the youth, functioning as dynamic spaces for social inclusion that allow continuous processes of training and engagement. They would further endeavour to connect youth to the professional filmmaking world through collaborations with local TV stations and regional film festivals.
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