On the first day of our 10-day Parallel Lives event programme we focus on Fundraising in a Pandemic.
I will be talking with two individuals currently working to raise funds for their respective organisations that operate in low resource settings on two different continents.
Jane talks in the interview about a new campaign launched in January called the New Year, New Shoes Campaign.
Throughout February, Jane is running 5km at 8.00 am every morning to raise awareness of the campaign. After speaking to several funders, who did not see the importance of their school children having shoes, Jane took it upon herself to raise the money.
Welcome to the Parallel Lives 10-day programme – each day I will host interviews with documentarians throughout the majority world covering Central & South America, Africa, South Asia and South-East Asia.
I’ll post a blog each day with relevant documentary film, photography, audio, and new media materials included as sources of information.
Several interviews will be pre-recorded but the majority are being live-streamed through the Documentary Media Centre Facebook Page.
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Programme: a blog will be posted to cover each day –
Day 1 – Thursday 11th – Fundraising in a Pandemic – Jane Holden from the Andrew Grene Foundation (Haiti) and Ken Dunn from Africa’s Gift (Lesotho)
Day 2 – Friday 12th – Human Trafficking – DMU Communication Arts students online ‘Community Media Cafe’ & Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan (Sri Lanka / Nepal)
Day 3 – Saturday 13th – World Radio Day – Community Radio Showcase in partnership with Rob Watson of DeCentered Media – ‘live’ via YouTube stream
Day 4 – Sunday 14th – Child Trauma & Conflict – Prof. Panos Vostanis (Greece)
The East African country is a former German colony and lived under Belgian rule until gaining independence almost 60 years ago. A report says its leaders plan to ask the two ex-rulers to pay damages — and not just cash.
14:30 Colombia / Mozambique & Brazil / Afghanistan & India
Interview with Andy Salkeld (Cycling Coordinator, Leicester City Council) and Janet Hudson (Transport Development Officer, Leicester City Council) about the upcoming Ride Leicester Festival 2020 programme and the cycling projects across the globe that have inspired their work in the city.
Interview with Sarah J Reilly MA, Disability Rights Advocate and Researcher about the challenges globally for the 1 billion people with disabilities (15% of global population) when it comes to access to information and resources.
Interview with Kulsum Hafeji, Founder of the Colours of Leicester project about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
You can also view the ‘Meet My World‘ films created by the young people involved in the project – click here
Interview with Dr Paul Reilly, Senior Lecturer in Social Media and Digital Society (Information School, The University of Sheffield) about the Parallel Lives project and the countries covered on the 24 hour newsroom.
21:00 Lesotho / Burkina Faso
Interview with Iara Lee, Film Director and Activist about her new Lesotho documentary film and how she identifies the stories that need filming.
John Coster is a freelance Journalist, Educator & Documentarian who established the Documentary Media Centre (a registered independent Museum Archive & Library) in 2014 and organises regular educational pop-up events.
It operates from Northampton Street, Leicester with events (Reportage Club), exhibitions (DocSpace), training programme (DocFolio) and themed newsrooms.
The Documentary Media Centre also hosts the Conflict Reportage Archive and Women’s Research Centre.
Latin America – Africa – South Asia – South East Asia
How has media technology innovation since 2000 democratized the role of documentarian?
Or…..How has the smartphone given ordinary global citizens the opportunity to document their daily lives and shape their own narrative?
The media structure that prevailed throughout the 20th century has now been in the throes of major seismic change for 10-15 years.
During this time the media landscape has evolved to include citizens journalism, user generated content and more recently, the phenomena known as ‘fake news’.
All the headlines have focused on the changing role of the journalist, the established media houses and the role of social media e.g. twitter, in how people consume news.
However, in amongst all this change, for many people it is not (and never was) about creating news but more about capturing what happened (to them) and trying to make sense of it all.
When you consider how many people live on the planet and the small percentage of these people who have a job role that puts them in the driving seat of capturing everything that is happening, I think you can see the appeal of social media and smartphones as people take control of their own storytelling…..taking on the role of documentarian.
It is this that I’m trying to discover.
The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals will provide a good backdrop to the research project and help each of the submissions to be viewed together under agreed themes.e.g. Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation etc.