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Video for change Mexico and Central America: conclusions

  The Video for Change meeting in Mexico and Central America gathered a group of filmmakers, trainers, human rights defenders and activists committed to social development. The success of this meeting should be measured in terms of projects that arise from the interaction between these organizations, and the impact that it may have in their community.This success will be a good addition to the first victory of this global Video for Change network: to gather different people who seek the same goal and use the same tool in the same physical space for two and a half days. The sharing of good and bad practices, resources and strategies; the interaction between all people involved, and the possibility of coworking to promote a greater impact on society, were great achievements by themselves.

Video for change Mexico and Central America: gathering

Thirteen activists, filmmakers and human rights advocates who use video as a tool for social change arrived at Centro de Derechos Humanos Agustín Pro Juárez. It was a gathering of people from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and different parts of Mexico. The first meeting of video for change in Mexico and Central America began at dinner, where we all participated in an exchange of experiences and knowledge. Afterwards, attendees talked a bit about their organizations and screened one of their productions, giving rise to the sharing of strategies and best practices among participants.

V4C Mexico and Central America: Attending

  Jorge Alban DoblesFrom ARTENEMOSan Jose, Costa Rica.http://www.artenemo.orgARTENEMO is an organization that experiment with technology, art and society. Without a great infrastructure and with open software,this project tries to communicate every day experience from normal people so they can listen to each others and search for a social change.This organization with Voces Nuestras has work with young migrants so they can used technology to narrate their own stories and problems. Since 2009 we have train journalist, photographers and artists in order to  become conscious and expose social problems through the web.Roberto StefaniFrom Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro JuárezMexico City.http://www.centroprodh.org.mxVideo is a powerful tool for education. Help to raise awareness and educate people about a certain problem. Is specially useful in places where is hard to find  written means or in communities where people can not read. In my experience, is very useful because people can get involve in the making of and they become the main actors.  It also has an external impact for social complaint and to gather communities or groups who are in similar situations (education).

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