Collaboratively Land, a Ugandan Social worker and a youth group called The Kalapata Activist Group, worked towards the question ‘In using animation, how can we encourage the local community to speak out about Gender based violence in Karamoja?’ The team designed a project using participatory film making methods and animation to create a product War Child could screen at an event called ‘16 Days of Activism’ in Karamoja. The project was made in collaboration with War Child UK, in Karamoja, a remote area suffering from years of war and conflict and more recently drought. It is estimated that only 20% of the youth attend school. The film sought to address through the process of animation and participation, the social issues of the area whilst the process became a tool to work against potential barriers to language, literacy and culture. Land used techniques rooted in traditional animation and film making production such as storyboarding, drawing, scriptwriting, costume and set design to build a relationship with the Kalapata Activist Group before meeting them, over a series of Skype conversations. During the production period in Uganda (only 4 days) Land encouraged the group to explore the impacts of GBV on their main character through acting for animation. Land regularly asked ‘Show me how’ enabling the group to debate ways in which to communicate the narrative. Animation and puppets (rather than filmed people), allowed the group to remain anonymous and provided a neutral vehicle for the group to explore personal experience of GBV. Song was also employed to drive more detailed information to the community, this being a traditional method the community have used previously.
|Place of Publication||Sydney, Australia|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2011|
|Event||Auburn International film festival for Children and Adults, Refereed Official Selection. Nominated for Tadgell’s Bluebell Award. - Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 1 Nov 2011 → …