Throughout the 7 years of production making State of Exception, we equipped and trained a number of activists in Rio to collaborate in the film’s participatory methodology. We are now seeking to ensure the sustainability of this initiative through the creation of a legacy project: The MUTIRÃO MULTIMEDIA LIBRARY; a photography and video equipment library accessible to media activists in Rio to borrow equipment on short-term loans. The library is an example of Collaborative Consumption, in which participants mutualize access to products or services, rather than having exclusionary individual ownership. It is part of the new Sharing Economy, which seeks to shift our relationship to the Earth’s resources, fostering social inclusion through accessibility to otherwise inaccessible communications technologies.
While increasingly ubiquitous technologies are democratizing both the production and distribution of media, the gap between people who have access to modern communications technologies and those who don’t – the digital divide – remains. Inequality and poverty create not just physical deprivation, but further disenfranchise people and communities through impinging on their rights to self-expression. UNESCO has stated that “access to communications technologies is a constitutional right and should be written into legal framework of all countries.”
The library is launching in parallel to PROJECT TAMBOR: a series of intensive hands-on media training courses for human rights defenders working in Rio’s informal settlements (favelas), being organized by our friends at the Mutirão Lab. The next training will be running from May-August 2018, where 30 students from across Rio have been selected from more than 200 applicants to participate in this FREE program (with priority access to residents of Rio’s most militarized favelas in the Alemão, Manguinhos, Jacarezinho and Acari complexes.) Filmmaker Jason O’Hara will be teaching the Audiovisual Production component of the course in Rio for four weeks in May 2018.
The complete TAMBOR course program:
I. Latin American History/Culture (6 hours)
II. Theory of Communication (6 hs)
III. History of Independent Media (6 hs)
IV. Investigative Journalism (6 hours)
Modules of specialization:
1. Community Journalism (9 hs)
2. Community Radio (9 hs)
3. Graphic Production (15 hours)
4. Digital Photography (12 hs)
5. Screen printing (12 hs)
6. Audiovisual Production (15 hours)
7. Video editing (15 hs)
8. Streaming (12 hs)
9. Video As Proof and Protection Protocols (9 hs)
10. Human Rights Campaigns in Social Networks (6 hours)
11. Cultural Production (12 hours)
12. Distribution of Audiovisual Products (6 hours)
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