A two-day training for young activists interested in using video for advocacy and campaigning will be held as part of the UK Feminista Summer School 2012.
15-16 September will be a weekend of training, skill sharing and planning for feminist activism at the University of Bristol. The Central America Women's Network (CAWN) will help feminists learn how to produce a video from the filming process to the final edit, including how to publish it on the web.
Participants are required to attend both sessions, each lasting 5 hours. To apply please email us to firstname.lastname@example.org with short answers to the following questions:
1) Why you are interested in the course
2) If you have any previous experience with video and film-making and if so, what
3) What you would like to do with your newly gained skills
Juana Mendez will be remembered in Guatemala as the first woman who succeeded in achieving a conviction against a serving police officer for mistreating her in custody.
During her detention at the police station in Nebaj she was raped and sexually assaulted by several officers, one of whom was finally brought to justice. The Institute of Comparative Studies in Penal Sciences, ICCPG from its initials in Spanish, and Project Counselling Services, have made a film about the case which you can see here, in three parts:
In 1979, the Sandinistas won a popular revolution in Nicaragua, putting an end to decades of the ... all corrupt US-backed Somoza dictatorship. They based their reformist ideology on that of the English Co-operative Movement, but was to prove too 'radical' for the Reagan administration. In this film, Pilger describes the achievements of the Sandinistas and their "threat of a good example".
Ben Anderson did a couple of documentaries which looked at El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua and Honduras in a series for BBC Four called Holidays in the Danger Zone: America Was Here. Here Anderson is interviewed about his experiences in Central America and South East Asia.
BBC Four: One of the interesting legacies of the American involvement in these countries is the deportees that you met.
This video has already been picked up by Albedrio (they're linking to other clips out there that you may find interesting) and various other blogs. It's an interesting short on the history of Guatemala cinema (in Spanish) explained by Genaro Coton, coordinator of Guatemala's Cinemateca.