The panel “Video For Change” featured members of five organizations comprising Video4Change. Sam Gregory of Witness (moderator), Stalin K of Video Volunteers, Rima Essa of B’Tselem, Brenda Danker, of the Freedom Film Network, and Andrew Lowenthal of Engage Media.
Video4Change is a network of organizations that use video as a tool for marginalized communities to tell their own stories of resistance. They promote alternative narratives, defying the lack of diversity and representation of mainstream media, raising awareness about environmental and human rights violations and promoting social change. As Stalin K explained:
The diversity of mainstream media producers is deplorable so we decided that the only way to change the national discourses is to change the profile of the people who produce the content
But telling underreported stories can be a dangerous job, and these organizations have developed different strategies to protect their witnesses and volunteers working on the ground. In Palestine, for example, Rima Essa told us:
Everybody with a camera isn’t protected and can be arrested. Because they’re Palestinians. I can’t do anything for them but to pay high amount of money to release them, which is not always possible.