Description of the project:
Participatory video is a process where stakeholders are involved in making their own video to tell their story in their own words. It gives stakeholders a direct voice using a very powerful communication medium.
In November 2011, CANARI and UWI mFisheries implemented a pilot project to use participatory video to help the fishers of Blanchisseuse communicate challenges faced by fishers in their community to partners who can help them to address these problems. The project was funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The Motorola Defy smartphones used by the participants were provided courtesy BG Trinidad and Tobago as part of the mFisheries project.
The objectives were to:
CANARI facilitated a two-day workshop with eleven persons from the Blanchisseuse community who worked to develop a video that told the story of their challenges, how those challenges were affecting the fishers and possible ideas to address those challenges. Many of the participants were members of the newly formed Blanchisseuse Fisherfolk and Marine Life Association. The community members were the producers, writers, videographers, narrators and interviewers. The videos were captured on the Motorola Defy smartphones that are used by fishers as part of the mFisheries project.
Five representatives of the Blanchisseuse community later met with partner organisations to present the video and discuss how they can assist with addressing the problems facing fishers.