Community stories of conflict – training youth in film production

Documentary, South Sudan, 6 x 10 minutes, 2016

South Sudan, the world’s newest country has been shattered by war and is struggling to find peace. Violence operates at multiple levels; between the government and rebels, between Dinka and Nuer tribes, between neighbouring communities and within communities themselves through revenge killings.

Youth, the leaders of tomorrow, are part of the solution to stem the violence and bring about much needed peace.

South Sudan Youth Film

Reelmedia was commissioned by Norwegian People’s Aid to train 10 youth in practical video production skills, in order that they could be enabled to tell intergenerational stories of conflict in their communities and try to find local solutions to the multifarious forms of violence.

The youth, 5 boys and 5 girls, were from 3 different communities across South Sudan; Mvolo, Rumbek and Terekeka. Each community had its own acute issues around violence and, by nature, unique ways of solving issues of conflict.

Reelmedia trained the youth in a classroom environment first, before accompanying them to collect and edit stories of conflict in their communities.

South_sudan_002

The youth were trained, first in Juba, the capital, for 5 days and then accompanied to carry out practical filming and editing in their communities. Each community would produce 2 films over the course of 4 days, collecting 4 interviews per film, as well as illustrative footage to tell the individual stories of conflict.

South_sudan_004

The films were shot using basic film equipment, that were easy to use and light enough to carry easily and students were tutored closely at first, before moving to a more hands-off approach as they gained in confidence. Each student took turns in the various roles of director, producer, camera operator and interviewer over the course of the shoot.

South_sudan_003

At the end of the filming period, each community was left with cameras and a laptop, so they could continue to use film to capture stories around conflict on their own. The final films were shown in the communities, with each film preceding a general discussion on how communities thought each issue of violence could be resolved.

Using film to capture and generate intergenerational dialogue around issues of conflict in communities in South Sudan is a small but important part of the on-going peace process. Training the youth of South Sudan in filmmaking and giving them the practical and theoretical tools to continue to make films beyond the life of the project is an exciting step in solving the complex nature of conflict in South Sudan.

Rumbek

In Rumbek, youth identified cattle raiding and land disputes as areas of conflict which they wanted to film. Working alongside the film consultant, Tim Webster, from Reelmedia, the young filmmakers arranged interviews with a wide range of people from the community, including the Minister for Information, a cattle camp leader and a women’s group leader.

Cattle raiding in Rumbek

Problems of land in Lakes State

Mvolo

In Mvolo, causes of conflict differed to Rumbek, since in Ovolo they are agriculturalists. The youth decided to focus their films around water resources and border disputes. Mvolo has vast water resources that, in the dry season, become a magnet for communities elsewhere. This can bring two opposing communities into conflict with each other as they meet around a water resource. Long-running disputes in the border areas also were a source of conflict and many people in had fled from fighting and looting in areas neighbouring other communities.

Border disputes in Mvolo

Conflicts around water sources

Terekeka

Terekeka was the third and final location for filming. Youth here wanted to produce films on intertribal violence and on the issue of insecurity in the region – their feeling was that with more police, violence could be dealt with quickly and trouble would be less likely to flare up. Reelmedia helped the youth develop their ideas, interview contributors, film general footage and edit their films, all over the course of 4 days.

Intertribal violence in Terekeka

Insecurity in Terekeka

To find out more about how the films were made, or if you are thinking about using filmmaking in a development, conflict, or post-conflict setting, contact Reelmedia using our contact page or email: hello@reelmediafilm.com

Latest tweets

  • In Burkina Faso change is happening, giving the younger generation a chance to a prosperous future. #change… https://t.co/HMDtxjvf034 weeks ago
  • We recently donated money to a school outside of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Now the children have something to eat… https://t.co/HJh2YybVY51 month ago
  • ‘Managing protected areas’ is a beautifully illustrated animation, produced with illustrator  @TashiReeve  for… https://t.co/oMYl9FRcqx1 month ago
  • 'Not for Trade' shows how  @UNICEF_Burkina  are working to end child marriage, giving young girls a chance to a brigh… https://t.co/mzsCA2HewM1 month ago
  • On this year's International Women's Day,  @UNICEF  has created the film 'Let's Talk. Period.' to encourage conversat… https://t.co/gwtG1G8oHW1 month ago
  • RT  @UNICEF : It’s International #WomensDay 👩👩🏽👩🏿👩🏼👩🏾 By tackling the issues women and girls face, especially in conflicts and disasters, we…1 month ago
  •  @waitrose  way too much unnecessary plastic packaging going on.1 month ago
  • Children as young as 11 years old work in the mines of Burkina Faso in order to survive. 'Getting out alive' shows… https://t.co/zRwWReHtLz2 months ago
  • Tiagay watches her story, in our film 'Cash: a Solution to Ebola Recovery' describing it as a 'moment of pure emoti… https://t.co/vGwwdV3ybf2 months ago
  • Unicef is helping to end all child labour in the mines and quarries of Burkina Faso by 2019.  @UNICEF_Burkina … https://t.co/sElPL2o6Ul2 months ago
  • 83.5% of child miners in Burkina Faso have never attended school. (Unicef, 2010 Study)  @UNICEF_Burkina … https://t.co/CtruSdoriq2 months ago
  • Children as young as 11 years old work in the mines and quarries of Burkina Faso, risking both their health and the… https://t.co/bj6HYxzRRg2 months ago
  • Currently only 52% of children in Burkina Faso are enrolled in primary school education. Reelmedia have been worki… https://t.co/pWkw37kM1r3 months ago
  • Take a look at our music video ‘Je Dis Stop!’ for  @UNICEF_Burkina  written and composed by local artist… https://t.co/UN4YFFEpGx3 months ago
  • RT  @UNICEF : Tragic. Children drown as Rohingya boat sinks off #Bangladesh  @aljazeeranews24  https://t.co/CiUc5vUFY67 months ago
  • RT  @UNICEF : Get behind the scenes of our latest social experiment with  @reelmedia  https://t.co/k6uiag28Si #foreverychild, clean water7 months ago
  • RT  @NicholasJamz : Great blog on how the  @unicefsomalia  social experiment came to life w/ thanks to  @reelmedia ,  @Kindvertising  & others http…7 months ago
  • How did we make a viral video? #unicef #filmmaking #setlifehttps://blogs.unicef.org/blog/filming-a-social-experiment-about-somalia/7 months ago
  • RT  @PennStateIFC : With the current devastation in Houston, we are pledging $0.15 for every RT this gets! Please forward this along to help…8 months ago
  • RT  @hpg_odi : As the world faces large-scale crises, we review progress in #disaster response over the past 40 years on 14 Sept: https://t.c…8 months ago
  • RT  @MiddleEastEye : "In Myanmar, they are killing us" https://t.co/Goxf6VmnYm8 months ago
  • RT  @ActionAidUK : We're working in #India, #Bangladesh and #Nepal providing food and shelter for people affected by #SouthAsiafloods. https:…8 months ago
  • RT  @irinnews : Why I’m proud to be African today:  @Nanjala1  on the Kenya election annulment https://t.co/FORj3IfPMh ( @irinnews ) https://t.co…8 months ago
  • RT  @BuzzFeedNews : "We're done. You're under arrest." This nurse was arrested for refusing to let police draw blood from an unconscious pat…8 months ago
  • RT  @ODIdev : #WWWeek 10 things to know: joining up longer term & emergency water would help meet the needs of the most vulnerable https://t.…8 months ago

Get in touch

Related Projects