Training Program for Young Video Documentary Film Makers was started in April 2010. Our mission is to help achieve the foundation goal of supporting diversity, to broaden the cultural awareness of the young people in the country, and to develop and implement programs that enhance the opportunity for the youth of diverse backgrounds to participate in cultural exchanges to further increase mutual respect and mutual understanding among myriad of social and cultural groups in contemporary Indonesia. The first activity in the program is the Cross Culture Video Making Project for Peace: Crossing Boundaries 2010, in which we invite the youth film makers from Aceh, Jakarta, Bandung, Ambon, and Papua to make documentary videos in Jakarta, Medan, and Makassar.
CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES: CROSS-CULTURE VIDEO PROJECT FOR PEACE 2010
The INTERSEKSI Foundation in cooperation with SERASI-USAID
Respect for difference/diversity can be developed in many different ways such as through education curricula, government regulations, and cultural exchanges among groups. People give respect to each other only after they develop a mutual understanding among themselves. Understanding not only who they are but also who other people are is a critical stage in building a peaceful coexistence in society constituted from a large diversity of cultures. In other words an individual has to cross his/her cultural boundaries to be able to critically understand his/her own cultural biases that has been framing his/her own perception of other. Video is a product of popular culture through which we can see cultural biases of the video maker (man/women behind the camera) comes into play in delivering the message to its audience. It also reflects the problematic of representation through audio-visual medium, and in the context of inter-groups relationship video can be used to visualize one particular group’s point of view on the group other than itself. In this project we will ask each participant to cross his/her cultural boundaries by making a video of a particular group that is not his/her own. A Moslem participant, for instance, will make a video on non-Moslem group vice-versa. Each video will be 10 to 15 minutes in length. We will then rejoin the participants to watch the video together and to attentively observe how they deal with the biases and representation. We name the activity a “collective cross-cultural narrative creating process”. To capture the dynamics of the process we will make a documentary video that will show the intricacies of inter-group relationship in the context of the program, and how participants deal with such problem when they are interacting with people from different groups of society.
To deepen respect for diversity amongst different groups of society.
This proposed activity will be structured into the following stages:
- INTER-GROUPS DISCUSSION The project will be started off with a discussion on inter-groups/inter-ethnics relationship where all participants will share their personal experience on the matter. The forum will then further explore the possibility to bridge the difference in identity, culture, religion, and language through audio-visual medium on which the participants will build a better understanding of each other.
- PRE PRODUCTION In pre-production stage all participants will be invited to join a playful yet resourceful discussions on how to utilize video technology to build a better respect for diversity. The workshop will also provide a basic training on video production for the participants. As participants to the program are already have some basic knowledge on video production, the activity will be focused on developing a concept of video to capture the problematic of inter-groups relationship in our contemporary society. Pre-production stage generates materials such as story treatment, budget plan, and other production design such as logistic, equipment, crew, contact person, schedule and permit.
- PRODUCTION In Production phase we will dispatch all participants to produce footage and other supporting material according to the production or creative plan which has been formerly set up in the pre-production stage. This stage can be divided into several activities: shooting or filming, and collecting support items/ materials for visual or audio. In this stage it is highly possible that story treatment is changed due to the dynamics of events or the subject.
- POST PRODUCTION The post-production stage is a process of connecting the dots through which all materials garnered during production stage is being connected, formulated and interpreted to depict the main message of the video. It is during this stage that we will rejoin all participants to share the un-edited version of the video that they are making to stimulate the discussion on the search for commonality among difference. The discussion will provide each participants a broader perspective on the issue. As video documentary making is basically arranged in editing phase, the discussion will also stimulate the respect for diversity while the participants arranging the message during editing processes. At this stage video maker rechecks all of the final scenes to match them with the whole storyline and, most importantly, to fit them with the need of strengthen respect for diversity.
- MINI-ROADSHOW At the end of the project we will organize a series of video screening in schools in Jakarta, Medan, and Makassar. All videos resulted from the program will be screened and discussed for a broader audience.
- FILMING THE PROCESSES The whole processes of the program will be captured in a documentary video starting from the early stage of the program, i.e., the discussion on inter-group relationship and pre-production workshop up to when the participants carrying out the project in the chosen locations. It is hoped that through this activity we will have some lesson learned to be shared with other parties whose concern is on promoting tolerance and respect among different groups of society in Indonesia.
Six participants will be selected each of whom will represent their respective cultural group. We are expecting 4 out of 6 of the participants are from outside of Java. For current project we choose 5 (five) participating cities : Jakarta (or west Java), Banda Aceh, Palu, Ambon, and Jayapura. As this program is mainly aimed for young (potential) film makers and/or NGO activists, the applicant must be under 40 years of age. They also have to have some basic knowledge and experience in video documentary production processes and be familiar with at least one of the many video editing software. We will ask the applicant to submit a synopsis or a draft of concept of the cross-culture documentary of their own. We will provide them with guidance on the concept of inter-group relationship and the virtue of cross-culture activities to make them easier in figuring out the the objective of the program as a whole. In order to be eligible all applicants must comply with each and every one of the following conditions:
- be non-profit making individual. As the program is a not for profit-generating activities, it can not have the purpose or effect of producing a profit for the applicant and/ or its partner(s);
- be under 40 years of age;
- be Indonesian nationality and comes from one of the many cultural groups in the country.
- holding proper resident status in one of the five (5) participating cities and resides in the city at the time of application.
- be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action, not acting as an intermediary
- submitting a draft of concept and/or synopsis on the cross-culture video project he/she is going to conduct through the program by the end of March 2009 (at the very latest)
- eager to learn about and from cultural group other than his/her own.
- have experience with video production
- familiar with video editing software (Adobe Premier and/or Final Cut Pro or any other softwares).
- have the ability, influence, and means to disseminate the results of their activity projects.
V. SITE OF PRODUCTION
The spirit of this program is to encourage young people to go beyond their geographical and cultural boundaries and to promote mutual learning among Indonesian young film makers/NGO activists. The project will be carried out in three (3) locations that we have selected, but each participant will not be allowed to do the activities in their native town or site of residence. Conducting the project on the participants’ own cultural or religious group is also disallowed. We choose three locations where the project will be carried out: Medan in North Sumatra, Jakarta (or other cities in West Java area), and Makassar in South Sulawesi with the arrengement as is shown below:
We will provide some basic information on what and where the project should be carried out in each particular location, so that participants could take further study on the subject to compose their synopsis and/or draft of concept.
V. TIME TABLE
VI. FOLLOW UP
We design this program as an embryo based on which the participants will develop and share/disseminate their capacity in promoting peace building with his/her peer groups in their respective areas. In other words the participants will then become agents of peace in the country. As they have already had good relationship with other video maker during the program, we will continue supporting this human network to become a network of peace video maker so that not only could they keep the spirit of peaceful inter-group relationship they have learnt but also expand their activities in promoting video as a medium for peace. The video they had made during the program, on the other hand, will be disseminated through various channels: university, independent filmmakers, and NGO networks that we have already had collaboration with. As has been the case with our previous publications, it is also hoped that the video can be used as teaching material in such campuses as Gadjah Mada University, University of North Sumatra, and the State University of Makassar to further increase the awareness of people in the country on the virtue of peace and in enhancing respect for difference. We will approach our colleagues at those campuses to ensure that the hope comes into realization.