First Participatory Video day and first shift on our point of view

First Participatory Video day and first shift on our point of view

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Last weekend took place our first PV activity in Galicia. We arrived to Ancares with an idea on our mind, quite opened idea but somehow restrictive idea that was start talking about challenges or problems they are facing. But youngsters are tired of this point of view. The group we are working with loves their region and want to stay there, they know maybe this is not possible due to the lack of opportunities but they want to stay. And the point they made was that rural regions are mostly depicted as isolated, lonely,… and they want to show the other way: beautiful, nature, human relations…and time, the importance of time. We’ll talk about time, I’m pretty sure, many times on the next months.

 

And the reflection I made when coming back home was: “that’s the point of PV practices”. I mean, as a documentary filmmaker if I wanted to make a documentary about Ancares, young people and depopulation I would have filmed it from a completely different approach:, I’d shoot the wilderness, loneliness, maybe conduct the interviews to the negatives sides of living there and, by the way, unintentionally undermine their personality by setting them in a passive role. But this weekend we were not filmmakers but PV practitioners. The community was not passive but active and they don’t want to take the point of view we imagined but they’re own point of view. And this is what we are going to do. Shift the perspective. Look to rural young communities from a different point of view. First lesson, learned.

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