In June 2009 I spent couple of weeks working with a nomadic community of Abol Hassani in Khar Turan, northeast of Iran. People´s views are being recorded on video; in a sense this gives them a real, physical and tangible presence. Their emotions and feelings come through. Through playback participants rapidly develop confidence in themselves and realised the extent of the knowledge that they are able to offer. Reason why this knowledge in main stream modern life.
In the process of sharing, people can arrive at more clear understandings of their own life circumstances. By sharing, people can realise that they are not alone with their problems. Through a sharing experiences, people can exchange and acquire useful knowledge and understanding.
It was in this context of change within Nomadic tribe lifestyle—changes that are affecting everyone economically, socially and culturally—that CENESTA pilot project to explore the participatory uses of video took place. It was a tribute to CENESTA’s good relations with the District authorities in Khar Turan and the Abol Hasani Community leaders that the use of video with and by community members was permitted.