2014 was jam-packed with activities, workshops, screenings and events for us. The most rewarding part of the year was building partnerships with many individuals and organisations working to bring about positive social and environmental change in this region.
Touring with Traveling Projector
The first half of the year was packed with community screenings we held as part of Traveling Projector, a road trip bringing human rights films to 11 cities across Java province of Indonesia. Our Traveling Projector (Proyektor Keliling) is based on Layar Tancap, the traditional way in which Indonesians viewed movies before there were cinemas by setting up screens in villages.
Working for video4change worldwide
EngageMedia is the convener of the video4change network, which is an international group of organisations using video to create social change. The network hosted three gatherings in Mexico, Africa, and Indonesia, as well as developing new resources, and conducting extensive research for the development of an Impact Guide.
Amplifying the voices of Indonesian youth
In the run up to Indonesia's presidential election in July 2014, we launched Suara Baru (New Voices), where we invited young filmmakers to create video stories to present their perspectives on the historic election. Young filmmakers from across the archipelago participated, including some working as migrant workers in Malaysia.
Listening to Papuan Voices
Much of 2014 was focused on producing Papuan Voices II, our second collection of participatory videos that aim to bring the everyday stories of West Papuans to a wider audience. Watch out for its official launch in 2015!
We are gearing up more activities and projects in 2015. Look out for RightsCon, a premier summit of human rights on the Internet in March. There will also be more screenings of Crossroads, our project on migrant workers, refugees and stateless people. And more activities, including a video camp, as we start rolling out activities for our Myanmar programme!