Troubling the National Brand and Voicing Hidden Histories: Historical Drama as a tool for International Development and Community Empowerment

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Sch of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Abstract

The aim of this pilot project is to support specific marginalised communities in Brazil, India and South Africa to challenge the way these nations present themselves to the world via 'nation branding' and other 'soft power' initiatives. In so doing, the project seeks to raise awareness nationally and internationally of these communities' precarious place in society and to support them in campaigning to effect change in their lives.

The particular focus of the project will be on the privileged place historical dramas made for the large and small screen frequently have in 'nation-branding' exercises. From the instrumentalisation of Downton Abbey within public diplomacy initiatives in the UK to the role played by the Bollywood historical epic Jodhaa Akbar (Ashutosh Gowariker, 2008) in campaigns to attract investment from non-resident Indians, historical dramas are frequently considered to be excellent vehicles for the international projection of the nation, allowing elites to communicate effectively the key messages in the 'national strategic narrative' that are considered to be central to the leverage of soft power. Our project will look at the role such dramas play in three ODA recipient countries that are considered by many commentators to be central to the broader development of the 'global South'. Although all are members of the BRICS grouping, all are at very different stages in their development. All have complex relationships to their colonial pasts and, in each case, this past plays a distinctive role in the present-day construction of the nation.

The project will begin with an investigation of how all three nations use their history as an important asset within their 'soft power' strategies, focussing in particular on the instrumentalisation of film in each country. The project will then work with international development agencies to explore how these national narratives are experienced by some of the most marginalised groups within these societies. In South Africa, we will work with the Bishop Simeon Trust to support groups of 'undocumented children' to challenge the national story of 'transition'. In India we will work with Budhan Theatre/Nomad Films and with the 'Denotified Tribes Rights Action Group' (DNT RAG) to explore the historical predicament of these ex-'Criminal Tribe' communities in the cities of western India. In Brazil, we will work with Plan International and young people from Codó (Maranhão), one of Brazil's surviving quilombos or 'maroon communities'.

Through a process of co-production we will make a series of video responses by these groups to the way their nations' histories are presented to the world. The purpose of the videos will be to support these groups to reflect upon their place in society, allowing them to contextualize their struggles globally by learning from the experience of our other case studies, and to develop awareness-raising campaigns.

In the process, this project responds to several strands in this call, supporting marginalized communities to voice 'hidden histories' that 'have been absent from the representation of local and national stories'. It will also explore 'the potential of creative practice as a tool for international development and intercultural communication'. However, most significantly it will engage 'with questions of silence, voicelessness and amnesia', in order to challenge 'voice poverty' within, and the 'social exclusion' of, the three communities with which we will be working. In the process the project will also contribute to the development of both Translating Cultures and Care for the Future, providing opportunities for 'reflection on the vehicles of translation' (narratives, performances and other cultural artefacts) and intercultural exchange. In addition, it will work with our external partners to explore the way historical narratives can be used to effect change in the lives of vulnerable communities.

Planned Impact

The proposed project has been designed from the outset in collaboration with our international development partners with the explicit aim of maximising the impact of its research on all stakeholders, helping to build the capacity of our partner organisations, to share best practice and, most importantly, to support the community groups with whom they work to effect change in their lives, allowing them to contextualise their particular struggle internationally through dialogue with groups in the other two countries involved.

In South Africa, we will work with the Bishop Simeon Trust (BST) to support groups of 'undocumented children' to challenge the national story of 'transition'. BST is currently developing a new campaign to raise awareness of the vulnerable status of this group. In South Africa it is broadly acknowledged that the 'undocumented' children of illegal migrants are a hugely vulnerable group, suffering from lack of access to public education and other services. This is a highly sensitive and complex issue, not least due to the fact that the countries where many of these children and their parents come from are precisely the countries that opposed apartheid. Their treatment potentially challenges the standard narrative of pan-African solidarity that helped conquer apartheid, the national story of transition and the post-apartheid nation-building project, a narrative that one finds throughout recent South African films, particularly the ones that circulate internationally and that are exploited in nation-branding campaigns.

In India, we will work with Budhan Theatre, a subsidiary of the Denotified Tribes Rights Action Group (DNT RAG) to develop a video-based campaign that challenges three institutionally based national historical narratives: 1), those around India's late colonial freedom struggle which depict national independence as a project driven for and by conventional political parties; 2), mainstream narratives of India's postcolonial secular democracy which posit India as a high caste majoritarian political culture; 3), those surrounding Dalit rights, particularly in relation to those enshrined in India's constitution, all of which is central to the version of the national historical narrative of 'Brand India'.

In Brazil we will work with Plan International (Brazil) to support young people from Codó in the Northeastern state of Maranhão whose community history and traditions (runaway slave communities; syncretic religious practices outlawed until relatively recently) actively reject the ethos of national inclusion as it is presented in the dominant Brazilian national narrative. Our project will feed into i) Plan International's wider goals (consciousness-raising of young people's potential and rights in civil society), ii) its Novos Quilombos project (to improve the economic viability of three quilombos or communities originally formed by runaway slaves) and iii) of Plan's current emphasis on improving gender equality and reducing violence against young women. In so doing, our campaign will help to empower young people from Codó to see their identity not exclusively in contrast to young people in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, or the United States.

In each case our project will contribute to the development of the skills, knowledge and critical analysis capacity of the CBOs and the communities they support. It will provide them with a means to claim greater voice and engage in participatory democratic action designed to influence positive behaviour change amongst their peers and their wider communities. Our media contacts in each country will be used to maximise the impact of our campaigns nationally.

The materials produced will then also be used as part of an overarching awareness-raising campaign to be developed the UK, supported by film screenings at schools and community centres nationally and the wider digital dissemination of our outputs on our website and other platforms.
 
Title 'Discrimination: Nqobile's Story' - by the Repheleng Youth Committee 
Description This is one of the films that was created by participants after our discussions about discrimination and xenophobia in South Africa with them. This story is a representation of the real life experiences of one of the group members, which is why they chose to create a film about it. One of the key themes that came up in our discussions, was that of discrimination. However, it soon became obvious that discrimination is not singular, it does not only apply to one specific group of people. Our youths spoke about how they have witnessed the effects of racism, homophobia, gender inequality, xenophobia, (the list goes on...), in their community. Therefore this group felt that they wanted to create a film that would capture how easily discrimination can be felt, through creating a story about a girl with a skin infection. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Repheleng Advocacy event to an audience that was made up of community members as well as members of other Safe Parks. The main feedback that was received about the film was that the local community appreciated the youths ability to express their own opinion on certain issues. The film was also shared online through the #ChangingTheStory Facebook page. 
URL https://vimeo.com/213831849
 
Title 'Dissecting Discrimination in South Africa' 
Description This film was created by Project Officer, Daniela Wegrostek, in order to summarise the South African project. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was screened at the 'Voicing Hidden Histories' Event hosted by the University of Leeds. 
URL https://vimeo.com/247496011
 
Title 'Introducing Leth'iThemba' - by the Leth'iThemba Youth Committee 
Description This film was created in order to aid the Leth'iThemba Youth Committee in generating community support for their Safe Park. It shows the work that the Safe Park does as well as it's importance to the undocumented children that are supported by it. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Leth'iThemba advocacy event as well as at the final celebration event. Many of the teachers as well as other community members that watched it noted that they found it informative as they had previously been unsure about the Safe Park's work and its importance. 
URL https://vimeo.com/233276874
 
Title 'Jerry Maseko' - by the Leth'iThemba Youth Committee 
Description The youths from the Leth'ithemba safe park wanted to show how teenagers are often subjected to intense pressure from their parents. This is particularly the case in their community where their generation have higher chances of getting into university than their elders had. This film has a strong message for parents who can all too easily isolate their children through their high expectations and pressure to succeed. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Leth'iThemba advocacy event as well as the final celebration events. It was also shared on social media through the #ChangingTheStory Facebook Page. This film seemed to widely appeal to many youths in the audience that were in the same age group as they agreed that most of them felt the effects of 'parent-pressure' in some way. 
URL https://vimeo.com/224487702
 
Title 'The Born-Free Generation, Phendulani's Story and Me' 
Description Short participatory documentary about the life of a teenage boy living in a township in South Africa. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has been screened in a number of locations, including: The University of Lincoln The University of Bournemouth The University of Leeds SM Online Film Festival, Docs without Borders Film Festival UK Monthly Film Festival, Nominated for the AHRC Research in Film Award Nominated for AHRC Best Social Media Film Award Winner of Best Global Impact Short at Move Me Productions, Belgium Gold Award Winner for Best Documentary Short, Mindfield Film Festival Albuquerque 
URL https://vimeo.com/257217658
 
Title 'The Journey of My Life' by the Lethi'iThemba Youth Committee 
Description This story touches on the issues of "Blessers", who are typically older men who sponsor young women with money and gifts mostly in exchange for sex. Young women are often drawn in by such characters, as they can offer a change in lifestyle and an escape from their current situations. However these relationships come with risk, as young women may mistake this exchange for true romantic feelings and end up getting hurt. "the Journey of My Life shows one such example and serves as a warning to young women to not be lured in by the charms of blessers. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Leth'iThemba advocacy event, as well as at the celebration events. It was also shared on social media through the #ChangingTheStory Facebook page. This is another film that was hugely on trend within the South African national narrative as the issue of "blessers"is becoming hugely problematic in society as it leaves many teenage girls as single mothers, infected with HIV and with very little job prospects. Therefore reactions to this seem to indicate a wide approval of the youth committee's desire to engage with this issue. 
URL https://vimeo.com/228191626
 
Title 'Welcome to Bonisiwe' - by the Bonisiwe Field Project Youth Committee 
Description Bonisiwe was by far the least developed Safe Park we were working with. The Safe Park itself is situated on land that once belonged to a church, whose Pastor had allowed the Safe Park to run on the land before she passed away. She had also started the construction of a new Church building on the land, which she had promised could be used by Safe Park when it was completed. However, since her passing the construction has stopped, leaving a half completed building with no roof and the Safe Park operating out of a shack and a repurposed shipping container. Therefore the youth committee decided to host an event that would introduce their Safe Park to their community as well as their local Ward Councillor in order to gain donations and support for the building to be completed. In the lead up to the event, they created a short film that would provide this introduction which was screened alongside performances of traditional dance and singing. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was screened at the Bonisiwe advocacy event as well as at the final celebration events. The most notable impact of the advocacy campaign that this film was created for, is that it led to the Safe Park being granted it's own plot of land, so that they will no longer be situated on land that is borrowed from the Church and the children will no longer be endangered by the half completed construction and health and safety issues that come from learning inside a shack. 
URL https://vimeo.com/234283149
 
Title 'When You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock' - by the Bonisiwe Field Project Youth Committee 
Description A Short film created by the Youth Committee of the Bonisiwe Field Project in Magagula Heights. These youths felt that sexual abuse is a pressing issue in their community, therefore they wanted to draw attention to it whilst also wanting to give victims the confidence to speak out about what has happened to them. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Safe Park's advocacy event as well as at the final Celebration events. It was also shared on social media through the #ChangingTheStory Facebook page. Feedback to this film indicates that this issue is hugely prevalent in their community (as well as throughout South Africa) and that the youths were on trend in trying to engage it as during our project there were frequently discussions about Intimate Partner Violence in the national media. 
URL https://vimeo.com/214641326
 
Title 'Xenophobia: Shimoni's Story' - by the Bonisiwe Field Project Youth Committee 
Description Xenophobia is a highly contentious and prevalent issue in South Africa. The second group of youths from the Bonisiwe Field Project felt that xenophobia can particularly be seen in their community, so they wanted to create a story that drew attention to both sides of this story. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact This film was shown at the Bonisiwe Adovcacy event as well as the final celebration events. It was also displayed on social media through the #ChangingTheStory Facebook Page. This film has revealed that the youths that we have been working with have a relatively superficial knowledge of xenophobia in South Africa, however it does also reveal one of the main underlying economic tensions between South Africans and other African nationals in South Africa - that of job competition. 
URL https://vimeo.com/214825570
 
Title BST Youth Advocacy Campaign Film: Amablesser - Nigel Caring Community 
Description This film was made by young participants of the Bishop Simeon Trust's and University of Leeds' Arts Based Youth Leadership Programme in Ekurhleni Municipality, South Africa. A central part of the programme involves training youth to use participatory filmmaking approaches to develop youth advocacy tools for themselves and their communities. During 2019 the Youth Committees advocacy campaign model ran on two six-month cycles. The Youth Committees supported within the Safe Parks launched their campaign films and performances at a central showcase event in Ekurhuleni, with all Youth Committees in attendance, along with key strategic stakeholders. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film showcase events within the Safe Parks were followed with showcasing of their films and performances in their own communities, with children from within their Safe Parks and broader community invited to attend. By doing so all 1,594 children and young people served by the Safe Parks were engaged in the delivery of the Youth Committee Advocacy campaigns, alongside other key stakeholders within their community. The films themselves will also be uploaded onto YouTube, providing the Youth Committees with the opportunity share with other young people in their community via social media. 
 
Title BST Youth Advocacy Campaign Film: Choices - KATHA Day Care Safe Park (2019) 
Description This film was made by young participants of the Bishop Simeon Trust's and University of Leeds' Arts Based Youth Leadership Programme in Ekurhleni Municipality, South Africa. A central part of the programme involves training youth to use participatory filmmaking approaches to develop youth advocacy tools for themselves and their communities. During 2019 the Youth Committees advocacy campaign model ran on two six-month cycles. The Youth Committees supported within the Safe Parks launched their campaign films and performances at a central showcase event in Ekurhuleni, with all Youth Committees in attendance, along with key strategic stakeholders. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film showcase events within the Safe Parks were followed with showcasing of their films and performances in their own communities, with children from within their Safe Parks and broader community invited to attend. By doing so all 1,594 children and young people served by the Safe Parks were engaged in the delivery of the Youth Committee Advocacy campaigns, alongside other key stakeholders within their community. The films themselves will also be uploaded onto YouTube, providing the Youth Committees with the opportunity share with other young people in their community via social media. 
 
Title BST Youth Advocacy Campaign Film: Choices 2 - KATHA Day Care Safe Park 
Description This film was made by young participants of the Bishop Simeon Trust's and University of Leeds' Arts Based Youth Leadership Programme in Ekurhleni Municipality, South Africa. A central part of the programme involves training youth to use participatory filmmaking approaches to develop youth advocacy tools for themselves and their communities. During 2019 the Youth Committees advocacy campaign model ran on two six-month cycles. The Youth Committees supported within the Safe Parks launched their campaign films and performances at a central showcase event in Ekurhuleni, with all Youth Committees in attendance, along with key strategic stakeholders. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film showcase events within the Safe Parks were followed with showcasing of their films and performances in their own communities, with children from within their Safe Parks and broader community invited to attend. By doing so all 1,594 children and young people served by the Safe Parks were engaged in the delivery of the Youth Committee Advocacy campaigns, alongside other key stakeholders within their community. The films themselves will also be uploaded onto YouTube, providing the Youth Committees with the opportunity share with other young people in their community via social media. 
 
Title BST Youth Advocacy Campaign Film: Human Trafficking - Bonisiwe 
Description This film was made by young participants of the Bishop Simeon Trust's and University of Leeds' Arts Based Youth Leadership Programme in Ekurhleni Municipality, South Africa. A central part of the programme involves training youth to use participatory filmmaking approaches to develop youth advocacy tools for themselves and their communities. During 2019 the Youth Committees advocacy campaign model ran on two six-month cycles. The Youth Committees supported within the Safe Parks launched their campaign films and performances at a central showcase event in Ekurhuleni, with all Youth Committees in attendance, along with key strategic stakeholders. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film showcase events within the Safe Parks were followed with showcasing of their films and performances in their own communities, with children from within their Safe Parks and broader community invited to attend. By doing so all 1,594 children and young people served by the Safe Parks were engaged in the delivery of the Youth Committee Advocacy campaigns, alongside other key stakeholders within their community. The films themselves will also be uploaded onto YouTube, providing the Youth Committees with the opportunity share with other young people in their community via social media. 
 
Title BST Youth Advocacy Campaign Film: I Kati Lilele Eziko - Uthando 
Description This film was made by young participants of the Bishop Simeon Trust's and University of Leeds' Arts Based Youth Leadership Programme in Ekurhleni Municipality, South Africa. A central part of the programme involves training youth to use participatory filmmaking approaches to develop youth advocacy tools for themselves and their communities. During 2019 the Youth Committees advocacy campaign model ran on two six-month cycles. The Youth Committees supported within the Safe Parks launched their campaign films and performances at a central showcase event in Ekurhuleni, with all Youth Committees in attendance, along with key strategic stakeholders. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film showcase events within the Safe Parks were followed with showcasing of their films and performances in their own communities, with children from within their Safe Parks and broader community invited to attend. By doing so all 1,594 children and young people served by the Safe Parks were engaged in the delivery of the Youth Committee Advocacy campaigns, alongside other key stakeholders within their community. The films themselves will also be uploaded onto YouTube, providing the Youth Committees with the opportunity share with other young people in their community via social media. 
 
Title BST Youth Advocacy Campaign Film: Malume Uya Lumana - Rearabilwe Tsakane 
Description This film was made by young participants of the Bishop Simeon Trust's and University of Leeds' Arts Based Youth Leadership Programme in Ekurhleni Municipality, South Africa. A central part of the programme involves training youth to use participatory filmmaking approaches to develop youth advocacy tools for themselves and their communities. During 2019 the Youth Committees advocacy campaign model ran on two six-month cycles. The Youth Committees supported within the Safe Parks launched their campaign films and performances at a central showcase event in Ekurhuleni, with all Youth Committees in attendance, along with key strategic stakeholders. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film showcase events within the Safe Parks were followed with showcasing of their films and performances in their own communities, with children from within their Safe Parks and broader community invited to attend. By doing so all 1,594 children and young people served by the Safe Parks were engaged in the delivery of the Youth Committee Advocacy campaigns, alongside other key stakeholders within their community. The films themselves will also be uploaded onto YouTube, providing the Youth Committees with the opportunity share with other young people in their community via social media. 
 
Title BST Youth Advocacy Campaign Film:Human Trafficking - Nigel Caring Community 
Description This film was made by young participants of the Bishop Simeon Trust's and University of Leeds' Arts Based Youth Leadership Programme in Ekurhleni Municipality, South Africa. A central part of the programme involves training youth to use participatory filmmaking approaches to develop youth advocacy tools for themselves and their communities. During 2019 the Youth Committees advocacy campaign model ran on two six-month cycles. The Youth Committees supported within the Safe Parks launched their campaign films and performances at a central showcase event in Ekurhuleni, with all Youth Committees in attendance, along with key strategic stakeholders. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film showcase events within the Safe Parks were followed with showcasing of their films and performances in their own communities, with children from within their Safe Parks and broader community invited to attend. By doing so all 1,594 children and young people served by the Safe Parks were engaged in the delivery of the Youth Committee Advocacy campaigns, alongside other key stakeholders within their community. The films themselves will also be uploaded onto YouTube, providing the Youth Committees with the opportunity share with other young people in their community via social media. 
 
Title BST Youth Advocacy Campaign Film:Zinhle - Rearabilwe Daveyton 
Description This film was made by young participants of the Bishop Simeon Trust's and University of Leeds' Arts Based Youth Leadership Programme in Ekurhleni Municipality, South Africa. A central part of the programme involves training youth to use participatory filmmaking approaches to develop youth advocacy tools for themselves and their communities. During 2019 the Youth Committees advocacy campaign model ran on two six-month cycles. The Youth Committees supported within the Safe Parks launched their campaign films and performances at a central showcase event in Ekurhuleni, with all Youth Committees in attendance, along with key strategic stakeholders. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film showcase events within the Safe Parks were followed with showcasing of their films and performances in their own communities, with children from within their Safe Parks and broader community invited to attend. By doing so all 1,594 children and young people served by the Safe Parks were engaged in the delivery of the Youth Committee Advocacy campaigns, alongside other key stakeholders within their community. The films themselves will also be uploaded onto YouTube, providing the Youth Committees with the opportunity share with other young people in their community via social media. 
 
Title BST Youth Advocacy Campaign film: Bad Boyz - Bambanani Safe Park 
Description This film was made by young participants of the Bishop Simeon Trust's and University of Leeds' Arts Based Youth Leadership Programme in Ekurhleni Municipality, South Africa. A central part of the programme involves training youth to use participatory filmmaking approaches to develop youth advocacy tools for themselves and their communities. During 2019 the Youth Committees advocacy campaign model ran on two six-month cycles. The Youth Committees supported within the Safe Parks launched their campaign films and performances at a central showcase event in Ekurhuleni, with all Youth Committees in attendance, along with key strategic stakeholders. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The film showcase events within the Safe Parks were followed with showcasing of their films and performances in their own communities, with children from within their Safe Parks and broader community invited to attend. By doing so all 1,594 children and young people served by the Safe Parks were engaged in the delivery of the Youth Committee Advocacy campaigns, alongside other key stakeholders within their community. The films themselves will also be uploaded onto YouTube, providing the Youth Committees with the opportunity share with other young people in their community via social media. 
 
Title Budhan Theatre theatre piece 
Description As part of our celebration event for the project, three members from our India partner Budhan Theatre (Atish Indrekar, Abhish Indrekar and Dakxin Bajrange) developed a short play and poetry reading in their local language Bantu. it was performed at The Carriageworks Studio Theatre as part of the event. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Audiences commented that the presence of live performance in the celebration event by the partners involved influenced the way they understood how and why the films had been made and the approach the project had taken. 
URL https://www.facebook.com/pg/worldcinemasatleeds/photos/?tab=album&album_id=709512039243027
 
Title Building Inclusive Civil Societies: Changing the Story, Lethi'themba Rocks 
Description Film made with young people from Lethi'themba Safe Park. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Screened in the Lethi'themba Safe Park to 40 young people on 24/05/2019 and to local councillors, and viewed 25 times to date online. 
URL https://vimeo.com/271570072
 
Title Sinethemba Makanya music performance 
Description As part of our celebration event for the project, one of our key South Africa partners - musician and theatre practitioner Sinethemba Makanya - gave a short interactive musical performance prior to introducing their films. it was performed at The Carriageworks Studio Theatre as part of the event. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Audiences commented that the presence of live performance in the celebration event by the partners involved influenced the way they understood how and why the films had been made and the approach the project had taken. 
URL https://www.facebook.com/pg/worldcinemasatleeds/photos/?tab=album&album_id=709512039243027
 
Title That was nice but so what? Participatory Arts and Sustainable Development 
Description The film was edited and produced by Prof. Paul Cooke and summarises the discussions, presentations and key issues raised in our Sadler seminar "Participatory Arts, International Development and National Cultural Identities". 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The film has been a useful tool in providing future prospective partners or collaborators with an overview of our projects and priorities with regards to this subject. 
URL https://vimeo.com/221717410
 
Title The Art of Criminal Tribe 
Description This is one of two final film outputs made by the Indian strand of Voicing Hidden Histories. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has been screened in the UK and India, including at Leeds International Film Festival and 2nd Nomad International Film Festival. It is also being used to support policy reports advocating for De-Notified Tribes in India. We have the evidence of how film making experience has changed the outlook of members of Budhan in their theatre practice (see video); Abhishek Indrekar is now using his experience to help work on a new film project on India's religious economies and is using some of the skills too, to document the Gujarat state elections. 
URL https://youtu.be/VyZ-x5MQ-FI
 
Title Um Pouco de Tudo, Talvez 
Description This is the final film output of the Brazil strand of Voicing Hidden Histories. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has been screened in Brazil and the UK (see activities) and is also being shared widely on International Women's Day (8 March). 
URL https://youtu.be/P4yEzjeNobg
 
Title Voicing Hidden Histories: Participatory Filmmaking, Advocacy & International Development 
Description A short film providing an overview of the activities and outcomes that have happened with groups in South Africa, India and Brazil as part of the Voicing Hidden Histories project. Password for viewing (this will be made public in the New Year): VHH17 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Film premiered at Leeds International Film Festival as part of the 'Activist Film conference' coorganised by LIFF, Radical Film Network and UoL which is listed in the official brochure. 
URL https://vimeo.com/241709406
 
Title Voicing Hidden Histories: Participatory Filmmaking, Advocacy and International Development 
Description This film, which features footage from the films created by each group as well as interviews with project members, was edited by Prof. Paul Cooke to provide an overview of the Voicing Hidden Histories project and outputs. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The film was screened at Leeds International Film Festival, and has also been screened internationally. 
URL https://vimeo.com/241709406
 
Title Who Am I, Mom? 
Description This film is one of the two final film outputs created by the India strand of Voicing Hidden Histories. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The film has been screened in the UK and India, including at Leeds International Film Festival and the 2nd Nomad International Film Festival. This was the first time that the group had worked with film (rather than just theatre) and it has provided an invaluable additional skill to those in Budhan Theatre who took part in all parts of the film - from acting to production to editing and direction. We have the evidence of how film making experience has changed the outlook of members of Budhan in their theatre practice (see video); Abhishek Indrekar is now using his experience to help work on a new film project on India's religious economies and is using some of the skills too, to document the Gujarat state elections. 
URL https://youtu.be/nQZMXIToe1Q
 
Description Working in Brazil, India and South Africa' this project used participatory video (PV) practices to support specific marginalised communities in Brazil, South Africa and India to challenge the way their nations present themselves to the world via 'nation branding' and other 'soft power' initiatives. In so doing, the project sought to raise awareness nationally and internationally of these communities' often precarious place in society and to support them in campaigning to effect change in their lives. In South Africa, we worked with the Bishop Simeon Trust, Themba Interactive and a number of community-based organisations (CBOs) to support vulnerable children and young people in townships across Gauteng Province. In India we worked with Budhan Theatre/Nomad Films and with the 'Denotified Tribes Rights Action Group' (DNT RAG) to explore the historical predicament of these ex-'Criminal Tribe' communities in the cities of western India. In Brazil, we worked with Plan International to support groups of vulnerable girls in Codó, a region within Brazil with one of the lowest scores on the Universal Human Rights Index. In each case, the groups had to reflect upon the role of 'participation' as both a tool for creativity, on the one hand, and the delivery of 'practical' development outcomes on the other. Why use filmmaking as an international development tool? What are the enablers of - and barriers to - successful participatory filmmaking initiatives? What does 'success' mean in this context? What is the role of the filmmaker? Is s/he an artist? A community worker? A therapist? What happens after a project takes place? How can a project's success be meaningfully evaluated? It is these questions that our project addressed. Moreover, while such projects invariably make claims for PV as a particularly effective method for 'giving' communities 'voice' - however such potentially patronising terms might be defined (Bery 2003: 108) - very little space is usually dedicated to the exploration of the films produced in such projects, that is the specific articulation of this 'voice'. Thus, our project sought to communicate the experience of the participants involved through the particular use of film language. Here we were not looking to make general claims for PV. Rather, we wished to challenge a trend in the analysis of such practice that focuses entirely on questions of methodology and an understanding of PV as a process, largely ignoring the products made. In so doing, we also wished to contextualise PV historically, highlighting how participatory video practices have long sought to expand the possibilities of cinematic language, informing numerous canonical film texts. Yet when the community participants, rather than community facilitators or professional filmmakers, control the means of production, somewhat ironically, the nature of the film language employed tends to disappear from the discussion.
Exploitation Route We are happy for people to use our findings to engage in academic debate or to use them as a model for their own PV and development projects, as is helpful to them.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://yarncommunity.com/projects/25
 
Description In Brazil the project introduced Plan International to the potential of participatory filmmaking as a tool in their advocacy work with vulnerable young women. In South Africa, participatory filmmaking has been adopted as a core activity as part of the Bishop Simeon Trust/Themba Interactive's work with the Isibindi Safe Park Scheme. In India, the films produced have been taken up by Budhan Theatre as part of its ongoing campaign for the recognition of the DNTs. It also provided CPD for two young community filmmakers employed as part of the Indian strand of the project. In South Africa, this project has led to a successful follow-on project, in which we are looking to use the insights from this project to develop a leadership programme. We are also working to incorporate this programme into the national standards for Isibindi Safe Parks through a partnership with the National Association of Childcare Workers, who oversee this scheme.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Adoption of Youth Committee Model within the standards for 'Drop In Centres' within national policy by the South African Department of Social Development (DSD).
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Delivered workshop for policy makers at the NACCW Biannual Conference, South Africa (BST)
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact In July 2019 Professor Paul Cooke and Dr Lou Harvey from the University of Leeds joined four representatives of the Bishop Simeon Trust and its South African operational partner, One Child One Family , at the biannual conference of the NACCW in Durban . At a very well attended workshop we had the opportunity to share the leadership model with key policy decision makers, NGO leads and practitioners. This eventually led to the integration of the leadership model into the standards set by the National Department of Social Development for their 'drop-in centres'.
 
Description Land provided to Bonisiwe Safe Park
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Bonisiwe Safe Park is a partner organisation of Bishop Simeon Trust (and a fieldwork site for this project) based in the township Magagula Heights in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was by far the least developed Safe Park that we have been working with, in terms of facilities as well as general resource. The Safe Park supports around 100 children of all ages by offering them a nutritious meal and a space to do their homework after school. The Safe Park currently runs out of a makeshift shack and container that are situated on the outskirts of its community, on land that has been borrowed from the Church. Over 10 years ago, the Church began the construction of a small building on the plot of land that was to be for their use. The previous Pastor of the Church had promised Patricia, the founder and manager of Bonisiwe, that she would be able to have access to this building for the Safe Park. However the Pastor passed away shortly after the construction began, and after her passing the building was never completed. As the years have passed, the Church has become more eager to reclaim their land and the future of the Safe Park has become uncertain. As you will see, this was the main concern of the youths that we worked with. They felt that it was their right to have access to a safe space that they could attend for their daily meal and extra curricular support, without the fear that this space could be taken away from them at any moment. The films that they created in the first half of the project also touched on other issues that can be found in their communities that they decided they would like to speak out about. The young people we worked with there decided to make their films about this call for land and a space through which to develop the safe park and keep it open. They showcased their films at a public event they organised, where they invited members of the Church and local council. The result was that Bonisiwe Safe Park were allocated a plot of land to build a new youth centre on by the Ekurhuleni local council. The impact of this is various - economical improved services for the young people that access the safe park, further security of the safe park structure (and validation of its practices and value in the community) and significant impact for the young people who campaigned for the change in terms of their self-confidence and ability to effect change. (scroll down to section 3/4 of the Yarn link below for more details).
URL http://yarncommunity.com/stories/538
 
Description National Association of Child Care Workers
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Through the advocacy campaings organised by the young people in the safe parks across Johannesburg, where they shared the films they had made and spoke of the main issues they wished to raise awareness and call for change, the Bishop Simeon Trust and University of Leeds are now working with the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) in South Africa, who are key lobbyists to the government for the provision of programmes like the Safe Parks programme and developed the Safe Park model currently being replicated across South Africa by over 20 organisations.. As the Safe Parks programme is re-evaluated every 4 years, the NACCW wish to use the films made by the youths to support their campaign to keep the safe parks going and expand them. A new HEFCE follow-on fund, with Prof. Paul Cooke and Dr. Lou Harvey, will be used to support the development of this partnership and shape the future of the Isibindi Safe Park Model nationally and internationally.
URL http://www.naccw.org.za/isibindi/safe-parks
 
Description 'Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community' AHRC-Funded OWRI Programme
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/N004647/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description AHRC-MRC Global Public Health: Partnership Awards
Amount £183,621 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/R005869/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description GCRF Area-Focused Network Plus
Amount £1,999,998 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/R005354/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description HEFCE Allocation for Global Challenge Research, University of Leeds
Amount £99,209 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Description HEFCE Allocation for Global Challenge Research, University of Leeds
Amount £61,145 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Description Supporting Vulnerable Children to become Youth Leaders in South Africa: Shaping the Future of the Isibindi Safe Park Model Nationally
Amount £84,935 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/S005579/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 01/2020
 
Description Bishop Simeon Trust 
Organisation Bishop Simeon Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The UoL team provided funding (through VHH) to allow for the trial and implementation of the film project, film expertise via Prof. Paul Cooke, logistical and facilitation support via the in-country Research Officer Daniela Wegrostek, marketing support via our social media channels and university blogs, and research support via publications and research into participatory video approaches.
Collaborator Contribution Bishop Simeon Trust enabled a vital connection with Themba Interactive, our on-the-ground delivery partners for the South Africa strand of the project. THey provided free venue hire and a work station for our research officer, and gave 200 hours of staff-time in kind. They provided invaluable expertise regarding the context on the ground, as well as experienced facilitators through which we co-delivered the project.
Impact Formal Memorandum of Understanding signed by Bishop Simeon Trust with UoL at the Voicing Hidden Histories celebration event in November 2017. All South Africa outcomes related to this project would not have been possible without this partnership. Further partnership work as BST now also a partner in our newly awarded major GCRF fund 'Changing the Story'. BST are now increasingly using the films we have used (and commissioning Prof. Paul Cooke to create new ones) as part of their marketing and awareness campaigns, helping BST to generate more funds for their work. The film's have also raised awareness of the 'safe parks' that BST/Themba support in South Africa by regional lobbyists who are now keen to work with the films created and the young people that made them to lobby for the continuation of the safe parks in the next round of public funding.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Budhan Theatre 
Organisation Budhan Theatre
Country India 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution University of Leeds lead the Indian strand of the Voicing Hidden Histories project in partnership with Budhan Theatre. The project strand was led by Prof. Gould. Prof. Gould also worked with Budhan Theatre to provide academic research that Budhan Theatre could use to accompany their artistic outputs when advocating for change to policy makers.
Collaborator Contribution Budhan Theatre provided 200 hours of staff time, as well as invaluable networks and artistic experience through which to develop and share the film and support a positive process. They also recruited participants and were instrumental in contextualising the project delivery to the local context.
Impact 'Who am I, Mom?' film // 'The Art of Criminal Tribes' film // Screening of 'Who Am I, Mom' at 2nd International Nomad Film Festival // Interview with Budhan Theatre filmmembers as part of Prof. Cooke's overview film of the project // We have the evidence of how film making experience has changed the outlook of members of Budhan in their theatre practice (see video); Abhishek Indrekar is now using his experience to help work on a new film project on India's religious economies and is using some of the skills too, to document the Gujarat state elections.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Departments of Social Development, South Africa 
Organisation South African National Department of Social Development
Country South Africa 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The key features of the Youth Committee model as developed through this project with Bishop Simeon Trust in South Africa and University of Leeds has now been adopted within the standards for 'Drop In Centres' within national policy by the Department of Social Development (DSD).
Collaborator Contribution Towards the start of the project there was a shift in national policy in South Africa which resulted in the ending of state support for the NACCW in delivering the Isibindi model. . Instead, the key features of the Youth Committee model as developed through this project with Bishop Simeon Trust in South Africa and University of Leeds has now been adopted within the standards for 'Drop In Centres' within national policy by the Department of Social Development (DSD).
Impact The Youth Committee model has now been adopted within the standards for 'Drop In Centres' within national policy by the Department of Social Development (DSD). This shift did not diminish the necessity of youth led campaigns to promote and support the services provided by Safe Parks. Instead, the focus has shifted to engagement with the DSD to assure that they are accountable for supporting Safe Park services as policy now states, but also for including within their policies greater support for youth participation, leadership and voice. For this reason, representatives of the DSD attended each of the showcase events. The formation of the Youth Advisory Board has also been very important in this regard, the Board now being a key forum for engagement with the DSD at municipal level during the project, as well as moving towards provincial in the coming year. Given the status of Gauteng as a 'bellwether' for national policy making this will be a key route to advocating for continued and improved support for Safe Parks.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Grupo Pindorama 
Organisation Grupo Pindorama
Country Brazil 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Grupo Pindorama were a key partner in the Brazil delivery of Voicing Hidden Histories. The UoL team provided administrative and logistical support to Grupo Pindorama. We connected them with Plan Brasil. Prof. Stephanie Dennison (Co-I) worked closely with Prof. Gilberto Sobrinho to identify the key intellectual questions and issues to focus on around the topic, and these two along with members of Plan and our Project Officer Inés Soria-Turner worked closely together to plan the delivery workshop. We provided funding to support the editing process and expenses related to the filmmaking, as well as Prof. Sobrinoh's travel and accommodation expenses.
Collaborator Contribution Grupo Pindorama provided invaluable expertise regarding the Brazilian film tradition and sharing of this knowledge with our participants. They provided in-kind editing and post-production support for the film. Prof. Sobrinho, as director of the film, led on the creative development of the film and was key to the development of the girls' learning and skills-building throughout the project.
Impact All outputs linked to the Brazilian strand of Voicing Hidden Histories are a result of this partnership. Prof. Sobrinho and Prof. Dennison are also in the process of co-writing two publications together.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Leeds International Film Festival 
Organisation Leeds Film
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Research-focused public programme as part of Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF), creating a new element of event in the LIFF programme. Networks and knowledge of international filmmakers and practitioners who could contribute to activities, as well as financial support in bringing these experts to the festival. Curation and project managing of the events in collaboration with LIFF, as well as joint marketing. Catering for events.
Collaborator Contribution Our events featured on the LIFF website and in the official print brochures and catalogue. Social media marketing. Recruitment and coordination of participants for the protest film workshop. 3 films we featured listed in the official catalogue (and therefore eligible for BAFTA awards etc). Programming and project management support. Free venues for events.
Impact Co-branded events as part of Leeds International Film Festival, which also meant inclusion in their brochure and catalogue. This provided much wider public awareness and attendance of events and a presence in one of the city's biggest cultural events of the year, and the UK's largest film festival outside of London. Continued partnership between Centre for World CInemas and Digital Cultures and LIFF means that future events will also engage with this wider audience.
Start Year 2016
 
Description National Association of Child Care Workers, South Africa 
Organisation National Association of Care and Support Workers
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This project delivered by Bishop Simeon Trust and University of Leeds developed and established an effective Youth Leadership model for the Isibindi Safe Parks (the NACCW were required to include a Youth Leadership programme for funding of the safe parks to continue).
Collaborator Contribution Towards the start of the project there was a shift in national policy in South Africa which resulted in the ending of state support for the NACCW in delivering the Isibindi model. However, this does not mean that support for the model itself has ended. The NACCW has ownership of the Isibindi brand and as such the DSD may not use this. Instead, the key features of the model itself has now been adopted within the standards for 'Drop In Centres' within national policy by the Department of Social Development (DSD).
Impact There are indications that the NACCW may continue to be a key point of reference in policy building for South Africa; potentially for training and development support for Drop-In Centres. This is dependent on clarification of where the 140,000 Child & Youth Care Workers trained with state support through the NACCW will fit within the social work supervision structures which apply to the Drop-In Centre policy. We are monitoring policy decisions in this regard but have remain engaged with the NACCW whilst also seeking to build a stronger relationship with the DSD who now make core decisions on policy and resources. In July 2019 Professor Paul Cooke and Dr Lou Harvey from the University of Leeds joined four representatives of the Bishop Simeon Trust and its South African operational partner, One Child One Family , at the biannual conference of the NACCW in Durban . At a very well attended workshop we had the opportunity to share the leadership model with key policy decision makers, NGO leads and practitioners.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Oxygen Films 
Organisation Oxygen Films Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We provided an opportunity for Oxygen FIlms - a young filmmaking organisation based in Leeds that focuses on Youth and LGBTQI+ rights in particular - an opportunity to partner with University of Leeds on a protest film workshop, and work with international activist filmmakers Dakxin Bajrange and Daniela Westogrek. We raised awareness of Oxygen Films work through in-university marketing of the event and project managed the delivery of the resulting partnership event, also in partnership with Leeds International Film Festival.
Collaborator Contribution Oxygen Films - in collaboration with LIFF - led on marketing and recruitment of young filmmakers across Leeds to take part in the project. They also advised us on approach and structure of the workshop from a youth-focused capacity.
Impact Successful protest filmmaking workshop working with international filmmakers and young people from across Leeds (see weblink above). This event informed our own experiences and reflection of participatory filmmaking processes with young people in different contexts.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Partnership with Plural+ 
Organisation PLURAL+
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Changing the Story is working with Plural+, republishing material from the Voices of Youth website Voices of Youth (VOY) was founded in 1995 as UNICEF's online place for young people to learn more about issues affecting their world. Today, VOY is a vibrant community of youth bloggers from all over the world, offering inspiring, original insight and opinion on a variety of topics. Everyone is welcome to write, film, comment and engage in discussions.
Collaborator Contribution Plural+ are looking to encourage young people from Changing the Story to share their participatory videos on the Voices of Youth website.
Impact Blog post: My Story - Moiz Khan. This post talks about a short film which focuses 'on the Muslim world and the problems caused by the recent rise in Xenophobia'
Start Year 2018
 
Description Plan International 
Organisation Plan International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Plan were selected as the lead delivery partner for Voicing Hidden Histories' Brazil strand. Our research team supported activities by delivering initial creative workshop with the group identified by Plan, providing participatory filmmaking expertise both with the participant group and with wider Plan staff, providing funds to deliver the project, marketing and evaluation support and arranging logistics for the screening of films etc.
Collaborator Contribution Plan provided 200 hours staff time, as well as meeting spaces and catering during our fieldwork in Codó. They supported with ensuring safeguarding policies etc. were implemented, and have coordinated communication with the participant group before during and after the main project activities. They recruited the participant group and, through their previous leadership development work with them, were invaluable in providing skills to these young women previously that were indispensable for their positive engagement in the context. Plan also provided invaluable advice and expertise re the local context, and expertise in gender-focused activities was instrumental and became a central focus to the project.
Impact Viviana Santiago from Plan International Brasil said that the film project had provided them with 'a new language' to talk about the challenges these girls face, and could lead to a new approach to the way in which Plan contextualises the stories of these girls and those similar to them to their wider community. The initial partnership with Plan International Brasil has also now extended to Plan UK, who provided a letter of support for the newly award 'Changing the Story' film and will be a support partner in Phase 2 of the projects' activities. Plan Brasil and Prof. Stephanie Dennison and Prof. Gilberto Sobrinho are also currently looking into new funding opportunities to continue their work with other Plan groups across Northern Brazil. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary because it crosses academia (humanities) and the third sector (international development).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Radical Film Festival 
Organisation Bristol Radical Film Festival
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Provide financial and infrastructure support to run the Activist Film conference as part of Leeds International Film Festival 15 Nov. Raise awareness of Radical Film Network with University of Leeds and LIFF audiences through co-badged marketing. Co-curate the programme for the conference with Laura Ager from Radical Film Network, resulting in a combined programme built from UoL and RFN networks.
Collaborator Contribution Radical Film Network speakers spoke at the event and Laura Ager from RFN worked on behalf of LIFF to co-curate the programme with University of Leeds.
Impact Event as detailed above. We are now looking at potential future events and other opportunities between Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures and the Radical Film Network (the RFN also has a strong academic focus with film scholars from across the UK participating in its activities).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Rearabilwe - Daveyton CBO South Africa (BST) 
Organisation Rearabilwe Ekurhuleni Community Care
Country South Africa 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution BST and University of Leeds delivered and developed their Youth Committee model in collaboration with this CBO (Community Based Organisation), engaging young participants from the safe park as part of the programme.
Collaborator Contribution This CBO provided venue space for workshops and showcasing events, and access to their young participants, as well as expertise regarding the safe park system in South Africa and general support for the programme.
Impact See all outputs relating to activities and workshops at this CBO's safe park location.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Rearabilwe - Tsakane CBO South Africa (BST) 
Organisation Rearabilwe Ekurhuleni Community Care
Country South Africa 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution BST and University of Leeds delivered and developed their Youth Committee model in collaboration with this CBO (Community Based Organisation), engaging young participants from the safe park as part of the programme.
Collaborator Contribution This CBO provided venue space for workshops and showcasing events, and access to their young participants, as well as expertise regarding the safe park system in South Africa and general support for the programme.
Impact See all outputs relating to activities and workshops at this CBO's safe park location.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Themba Interactive 
Organisation Themba Interactive
Country South Africa 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Themba Interactive are an organisation subcontracted by Bishop Simeon Trust to deliver on-the-ground workshops in South Africa. The UoL team provided funding (through VHH) to allow for the trial and implementation of the film project, film expertise via Prof. Paul Cooke, logistical and facilitation support via the in-country Research Officer Daniela Wegrostek, marketing support via our social media channels and university blogs, and research support via publications and research into participatory video approaches.
Collaborator Contribution Themba supported the development of our Research Officer on the ground, provided invaluable facilitation advice and support, as well as building crucial in-roads and supporting trust-building with the communities we were working with.
Impact All South Africa outcomes related to this project would not have been possible without this partnership. The partnership has also significantly impacted the development of Themba/BST's wider youth leadership programme, prompting a re-evaluation and implementation of the programme for future years. The film's have also raised awareness of the 'safe parks' that BST/Themba support in South Africa by regional lobbyists who are now keen to work with the films created and the young people that made them to lobby for the continuation of the safe parks in the next round of public funding.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Uthando CBO South Africa (BST) 
Organisation Uthando CBO
Country South Africa 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution BST and University of Leeds delivered and developed their Youth Committee model in collaboration with this CBO (Community Based Organisation), engaging young participants from the safe park as part of the programme.
Collaborator Contribution This CBO provided venue space for workshops and showcasing events, and access to their young participants, as well as expertise regarding the safe park system in South Africa and general support for the programme.
Impact See all outputs relating to activities and workshops at this CBO's safe park location.
Start Year 2018
 
Description 10x Community Based Workshops in Rearabilwe-Tsakane safe park, South Africa (BST) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Community-based workshops (CBWs) were delivered to support the development of the Youth Committees and their advocacy campaigns. This series of CBWs took place in one of 8 Safe Parks in Ekurhuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province that took part. The workshops were delivered dependent on the level of prior engagement with the Bishop Simeon Trust on arts-based approaches and Youth Committee development. The development models devised during prior collaboration with the University of Leeds were used as the basis for intervention. This progressed from an initial youth mobilisation phase, supported by the Child and Youth Care Workers / Auxiliary Social Workers within Safe Parks, to the implementation of the participatory arts-based advocacy model. Using this approach leadership development is participatory in nature, children are provided with space to contribute to the collective action as individuals in a safe space.

The workshops across the 8 safe parks led to 189 children being supported to develop their skills as youth leaders through their membership of the Youth Committees and their involvement in the arts-based advocacy. The Youth Committees then engaged with 1,405 children supported by the Safe Park programmes within the community-based partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 11 Community Based Workshops in Bambanani Safe Park, South Africa (BST) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Community-based workshops (CBWs) were delivered to support the development of the Youth Committees and their advocacy campaigns. This series of CBWs took place in one of 8 Safe Parks in Ekurhuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province that took part. The workshops were delivered dependent on the level of prior engagement with the Bishop Simeon Trust on arts-based approaches and Youth Committee development. The development models devised during prior collaboration with the University of Leeds were used as the basis for intervention. This progressed from an initial youth mobilisation phase, supported by the Child and Youth Care Workers / Auxiliary Social Workers within Safe Parks, to the implementation of the participatory arts-based advocacy model. Using this approach leadership development is participatory in nature, children are provided with space to contribute to the collective action as individuals in a safe space.

The workshops across the 8 safe parks led to 189 children being supported to develop their skills as youth leaders through their membership of the Youth Committees and their involvement in the arts-based advocacy. The Youth Committees then engaged with 1,405 children supported by the Safe Park programmes within the community-based partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 12x Community Based Workshops in Uthando safe park, South Africa (BST) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Community-based workshops (CBWs) were delivered to support the development of the Youth Committees and their advocacy campaigns. This series of CBWs took place in one of 8 Safe Parks in Ekurhuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province that took part. The workshops were delivered dependent on the level of prior engagement with the Bishop Simeon Trust on arts-based approaches and Youth Committee development. The development models devised during prior collaboration with the University of Leeds were used as the basis for intervention. This progressed from an initial youth mobilisation phase, supported by the Child and Youth Care Workers / Auxiliary Social Workers within Safe Parks, to the implementation of the participatory arts-based advocacy model. Using this approach leadership development is participatory in nature, children are provided with space to contribute to the collective action as individuals in a safe space.

The workshops across the 8 safe parks led to 189 children being supported to develop their skills as youth leaders through their membership of the Youth Committees and their involvement in the arts-based advocacy. The Youth Committees then engaged with 1,405 children supported by the Safe Park programmes within the community-based partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 19x Community Based Workshops at Community Crisis Centre safe park, South Africa (BST) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Community-based workshops (CBWs) were delivered to support the development of the Youth Committees and their advocacy campaigns. This series of CBWs took place in one of 8 Safe Parks in Ekurhuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province that took part. The workshops were delivered dependent on the level of prior engagement with the Bishop Simeon Trust on arts-based approaches and Youth Committee development. The development models devised during prior collaboration with the University of Leeds were used as the basis for intervention. This progressed from an initial youth mobilisation phase, supported by the Child and Youth Care Workers / Auxiliary Social Workers within Safe Parks, to the implementation of the participatory arts-based advocacy model. Using this approach leadership development is participatory in nature, children are provided with space to contribute to the collective action as individuals in a safe space.

The workshops across the 8 safe parks led to 189 children being supported to develop their skills as youth leaders through their membership of the Youth Committees and their involvement in the arts-based advocacy. The Youth Committees then engaged with 1,405 children supported by the Safe Park programmes within the community-based partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 21 Community Based Workshops at Nigel Community Cares safe park, South Africa (BST) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Community-based workshops (CBWs) were delivered to support the development of the Youth Committees and their advocacy campaigns. This series of CBWs took place in one of 8 Safe Parks in Ekurhuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province that took part. The workshops were delivered dependent on the level of prior engagement with the Bishop Simeon Trust on arts-based approaches and Youth Committee development. The development models devised during prior collaboration with the University of Leeds were used as the basis for intervention. This progressed from an initial youth mobilisation phase, supported by the Child and Youth Care Workers / Auxiliary Social Workers within Safe Parks, to the implementation of the participatory arts-based advocacy model. Using this approach leadership development is participatory in nature, children are provided with space to contribute to the collective action as individuals in a safe space.

The workshops across the 8 safe parks led to 189 children being supported to develop their skills as youth leaders through their membership of the Youth Committees and their involvement in the arts-based advocacy. The Youth Committees then engaged with 1,405 children supported by the Safe Park programmes within the community-based partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 26 Community Based Workshops in KATHA Day Care safe park, South Africa (BST) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Community-based workshops (CBWs) were delivered to support the development of the Youth Committees and their advocacy campaigns. This series of CBWs took place in one of 8 Safe Parks in Ekurhuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province that took part. The workshops were delivered dependent on the level of prior engagement with the Bishop Simeon Trust on arts-based approaches and Youth Committee development. The development models devised during prior collaboration with the University of Leeds were used as the basis for intervention. This progressed from an initial youth mobilisation phase, supported by the Child and Youth Care Workers / Auxiliary Social Workers within Safe Parks, to the implementation of the participatory arts-based advocacy model. Using this approach leadership development is participatory in nature, children are provided with space to contribute to the collective action as individuals in a safe space.

The workshops across the 8 safe parks led to 189 children being supported to develop their skills as youth leaders through their membership of the Youth Committees and their involvement in the arts-based advocacy. The Youth Committees then engaged with 1,405 children supported by the Safe Park programmes within the community-based partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 3 Project workshops with Budhan Theatre community members 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We had three project workshops that took place on 24, 25 and 26 August 2017 working with members of Budhan Theatre in Chharanagar, Ahmedabad, India and led by filmmaker and director of Budhan Theatre (a key project partner) Dakxin Bajrange and Prof. William Gould (UoL). The workshops looked at the role of film in building India' national narratives, as well as the ways it could be used at community level to raise awareness and effect change. Impact so far: We have the evidence of how film making experience has changed the outlook of members of Budhan in their theatre practice (see video); Abhishek Indrekar is now using his experience to help work on a new film project on India's religious economies and is using some of the skills too, to document the Gujarat state elections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description 8 community based workshops in Rearabilwe-Daveyton, South Africa (BST) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Community-based workshops (CBWs) were delivered to support the development of the Youth Committees and their advocacy campaigns. This series of CBWs took place in one of 8 Safe Parks in Ekurhuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province that took part. The workshops were delivered dependent on the level of prior engagement with the Bishop Simeon Trust on arts-based approaches and Youth Committee development. The development models devised during prior collaboration with the University of Leeds were used as the basis for intervention. This progressed from an initial youth mobilisation phase, supported by the Child and Youth Care Workers / Auxiliary Social Workers within Safe Parks, to the implementation of the participatory arts-based advocacy model. Using this approach leadership development is participatory in nature, children are provided with space to contribute to the collective action as individuals in a safe space.

The workshops across the 8 safe parks led to 189 children being supported to develop their skills as youth leaders through their membership of the Youth Committees and their involvement in the arts-based advocacy. The Youth Committees then engaged with 1,405 children supported by the Safe Park programmes within the community-based partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 9 Community Based Workshops in Bonisiwe Safe Park, South Africa (BST) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Community-based workshops (CBWs) were delivered to support the development of the Youth Committees and their advocacy campaigns. This series of CBWs took place in one of 8 Safe Parks in Ekurhuleni Municipality in Gauteng Province that took part. The workshops were delivered dependent on the level of prior engagement with the Bishop Simeon Trust on arts-based approaches and Youth Committee development. The development models devised during prior collaboration with the University of Leeds were used as the basis for intervention. This progressed from an initial youth mobilisation phase, supported by the Child and Youth Care Workers / Auxiliary Social Workers within Safe Parks, to the implementation of the participatory arts-based advocacy model. Using this approach leadership development is participatory in nature, children are provided with space to contribute to the collective action as individuals in a safe space.

The workshops across the 8 safe parks led to 189 children being supported to develop their skills as youth leaders through their membership of the Youth Committees and their involvement in the arts-based advocacy. The Youth Committees then engaged with 1,405 children supported by the Safe Park programmes within the community-based partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Activist Film Conference - 15 Nov 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A day of screenings, panels and discussion bringing together activist filmmakers from across the UK and beyond. Hosted by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at University of Leeds, and working with the Radical Film Network, this event seeks to ask why and how we make activist films, from conception to dissemination, and asks what we can learn from each other to keep producing change. Event in partnership with Leeds International Film Festival. Featured films from across UK and Latin America.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.leedsfilmcity.com/whats-on/voicing-hidden-histories-day-2-activist-film-conference/
 
Description Activist filmmaking workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Changing the Story is an experimental creative microproject where young filmmakers across Leeds will work together to conceive, shoot, edit, produce and distribute a socially-engaged film in a day. Working with internationally acclaimed Indian activist-filmmaker Dakxin Chhara Bajrange, South Africa-based community filmmaker Daniela Wegrostek, and award-winning Leeds-based production company Oxygen Films, this is an opportunity to learn from filmmakers working in diverse contexts and make a collective call for change. The final film was premiered on 15th November as part of LIFF.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.leedsfilmcity.com/whats-on/changing-the-story-activist-filmmaking-workshop/
 
Description Anthropology students workshop 27 Oct 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Paul Cooke taught a Level 3 Anthropology class - designed to draw on the learning from the Voicing Hidden Histories project, in particular the work in South Africa. The class had around 30 students and consisted of a half day workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Article on Unicamp website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Article about the Brazilian strand of the project featured on the Universidade de Campinas official website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.unicamp.br/unicamp/noticias/2017/12/12/unicamp-e-universidade-de-leeds-sao-parceiras-em-...
 
Description Arts & Development Seminar at LIFF 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A day-long seminar hosted by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at the University of Leeds and in partnership with Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF), reflecting on learning, opportunities and challenges regarding the relationship between participatory arts and international development. The seminar featured an international, interdisciplinary mix of panels with distinguished academics, policy makers, artists and practitioners from across the world. Funded by the AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund. Project partners from both 'Voicing Hidden Histories', 'Challenging Xenophobia' and 'Changing the Story' presented papers and engaged in discussion and networking, along with other practitioners, academics, activists, postgraduate students and general public members in attendance. A full programme can be found in the link below.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.leedsfilmcity.com/whats-on/voicing-hidden-histories-day-1-academic-seminar/
 
Description BST Showcase Event & Child Parent Self Reflection Session: Bambanani, Dukathole 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Child Parent Self Reflection Session are a third level of showcase event limited to the sharing of the campaign message / film of the Youth Committees with the parents and guardians of children supported by the Safe Park. The children featuring in the films attend 'in character' and ready to respond to questions from the audience as such.

These sessions encouraged greater cross generational dialogue between the children and their parents / guardians, to help promote trust and safeguarding of children. They also helped engage adults in the work of the Safe Parks, as they can in turn support through their own connections with a broader range of stakeholders in their communities, helping establish the community partner organisations as more than just Drop-In Centres. This in turn helped them to reduce the stigma that may be attached to their work and enhance their role as a focal point of child focussed services and other relevant stakeholders in their communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BST Showcase Event & Child Parent Self Reflection Session: Community Crisis Centre, Reiger 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Child Parent Self Reflection Session are a third level of showcase event limited to the sharing of the campaign message / film of the Youth Committees with the parents and guardians of children supported by the Safe Park. The children featuring in the films attend 'in character' and ready to respond to questions from the audience as such.

These sessions encouraged greater cross generational dialogue between the children and their parents / guardians, to help promote trust and safeguarding of children. They also helped engage adults in the work of the Safe Parks, as they can in turn support through their own connections with a broader range of stakeholders in their communities, helping establish the community partner organisations as more than just Drop-In Centres. This in turn helped them to reduce the stigma that may be attached to their work and enhance their role as a focal point of child focussed services and other relevant stakeholders in their communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BST Showcase Event & Child Parent Self Reflection Session: KATHA Day Care, Katlehong 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Child Parent Self Reflection Session are a third level of showcase event limited to the sharing of the campaign message / film of the Youth Committees with the parents and guardians of children supported by the Safe Park. The children featuring in the films attend 'in character' and ready to respond to questions from the audience as such.

These sessions encouraged greater cross generational dialogue between the children and their parents / guardians, to help promote trust and safeguarding of children. They also helped engage adults in the work of the Safe Parks, as they can in turn support through their own connections with a broader range of stakeholders in their communities, helping establish the community partner organisations as more than just Drop-In Centres. This in turn helped them to reduce the stigma that may be attached to their work and enhance their role as a focal point of child focussed services and other relevant stakeholders in their communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BST Showcase Event & Child Parent Self Reflection Session: Nigel Caring Community, Duduza 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Child Parent Self Reflection Session are a third level of showcase event limited to the sharing of the campaign message / film of the Youth Committees with the parents and guardians of children supported by the Safe Park. The children featuring in the films attend 'in character' and ready to respond to questions from the audience as such.

These sessions encouraged greater cross generational dialogue between the children and their parents / guardians, to help promote trust and safeguarding of children. They also helped engage adults in the work of the Safe Parks, as they can in turn support through their own connections with a broader range of stakeholders in their communities, helping establish the community partner organisations as more than just Drop-In Centres. This in turn helped them to reduce the stigma that may be attached to their work and enhance their role as a focal point of child focussed services and other relevant stakeholders in their communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BST Showcase Event: My Safe Park, My Home, June 2019 in Duduza, Nigel 1494, South Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Two stakeholder engagement showcase events were held over the course of the project, the first in Duduza on 28th June 2019 and the second in Katlehong on 22nd November 2019. Each of the events were organised by one of the Safe Parks engaged in the project: Duduza by Nigel Caring Community and Katlehong by KATHA Day Care. This allowed them to build on their local social capital and connections, allowing us to keep costs low whilst also engaging with a broader range of stakeholders than possible had it been externally organised.

The proceedings of the events themselves were organised and hosted by a youth advisory board of young people selected by each of the Youth Committees. This helped to promote youth leadership and youth voice at the heart of the events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BST Showcase Event: My Safe Park, My Home; Tsolo, Katlehong, 1431, South Africa. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Two stakeholder engagement showcase events were held over the course of the project, the first in Duduza on 28th June 2019 and the second in Katlehong on 22nd November 2019. Each of the events were organised by one of the Safe Parks engaged in the project: Duduza by Nigel Caring Community and Katlehong by KATHA Day Care. This allowed them to build on their local social capital and connections, allowing us to keep costs low whilst also engaging with a broader range of stakeholders than possible had it been externally organised. The proceedings of the events themselves were organised and hosted by a youth advisory board of young people selected by each of the Youth Committees. This helped to promote youth leadership and youth voice at the heart of the events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Blogpost by Atish Indrekar as part of Changing the Story's #YoungChangemakers series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Budhan Theatre member and Director of film outputs of this project, Abhishek Indrekar, wrote a blogpost for Changing the Story about his work as a young activist filmmaker in India and why he felt art and young people's voices were important in creating change. The blogpost was shared via Twitter, Facebook and via the university's social media networks too.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/2018/02/13/sharing-indias-hidden-history/
 
Description Changing the Story & Voicing Hidden Histories selected for UoL Research Brochure representing the Culture theme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Changing the Story and Voicing Hidden Histories were selected to be featured as part of the representation of the #Culture strand research theme in UoL's 2018-19 postgraduate research brochure. The brochure is still in print.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Creative alternatives workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Creative Alternatives Workshop was a 'critical friends' day of workshops organised by Action Aid, Christian Aid and University of York to which our PI and Project Manager were invited to attend. The aims were: To critically learn and reflect on the value and impact of using arts methodologies as a way of exploring credible alternative futures that build from the local level and confront, challenge, contradict and extend dominant global narratives; To explore challenges such as: whether arts enable participants to better imagine alternatives' how to best share, translate, explore and deepen analysis of development alternatives across different geographies (local, national or transnational)' to meet other individuals and organisations who are interested in using or use art in development practice as a way of imagining alternatives. It took place on 16 January 2018 in London and was attended by some 50 people. There were many vibrant discussions and key issues raised and it was a great opportunity for academics and practitioners to work together. The key organisers of the event are interested in engaging more directly with our growing network of related projects. Kate Caroll (the chief organiser from Action Aid) is also now sitting on our Steering Group. There is no URL linked to this as it was a closed event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Film Screening - Um Pouco de Todo, Tal Vez - at Campinas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Gilberto Sobrinho screened the Brazil film output from this project, 'Um pouco de tudo, tal vez' at Universidade de Campinas, followed by a Q&A.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.unicamp.br/unicamp/noticias/2017/12/12/unicamp-e-universidade-de-leeds-sao-parceiras-em-...
 
Description GCRF Global Engagement Meeting Pretoria 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Prof. Paul Cooke presented a paper on our participatory video work in South Africa, India and Brazil to an audience of over 100 people from across Africa and the UK drawn from ifferent countries, different disciplines, and from a mix of academic and non-academic organisations (e.g. non-governmental organisations; charities; policy makers; international funders). . This was part of a GCRF Global Engagement Meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, taking place 5-6 December 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/gcrf-global-engagement-events/
 
Description International Women's Day Social Media campaign 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On Thursday 8 March 2018 Changing the Story led a one-day social media campaign as part of International Women's Day. We pledged to support the IWD #pressforprogress commitment of forging 'Positive Visibility of Women' in the research we do and the communities we work with. We shared resources uploaded by our female Co-Investigators via our Twitter channel, we shared graphics outlining the gender split in our research team (50% are women), we supported promotion of 'related projects' we work with that are also focusing on women currrently (like the Nepalese international Human Rights Festival) and finally we also launched the online premiere of our Voicing Hidden Histories Brazil-strand film, 'Um Pouco de Tudo, Talvez" on Twitter and UoL Facebook channels. The campaign not only helped to raise awareness of our work and the different projects involved (19 retweets and 25 likes on Twitter) but also helped to support International Women's Day more widely.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/Changing_Story_
 
Description Participation in Peace Direct consultation on "Civil society & Inclusive Peace: A Reality Check" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our project manager Inés Soria-Turner applied and was successfully invited to participate in Peace Direct's online consultation about "Civil society & Inclusive Peace: A Reality Check". Peace Insight are the world's leading resource on local peacebuilding. The consultation was led by Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative (IPTI), Peace Direct and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). Peace Direct provide a vital network that connects peacebuilders with an international actors and organizations-and with each other. The consultation involved civiil society organisations, researchers and practitioners who over three days discussed online together about key issues affecting CSO practice in development today. 126 participants registered, and over 270 comments across the 9 discussion threads, including many in-depth reflections and sharing of experiences. One of Inés' comments was selected for one of the days closing reviews, spreading awareness of our project and values with an international audience. As an immediate next step, Peace Insight will follow up with a short summary report of the discussion, as well as exploring whether they can develop a more complete report based on the learnings from this week. This discussion also feeds into IPTI's Impact Local Peace project. What this means is that the broader conclusions and insights drawn from this consultation will help guide how IPTI develops and tests its support mechanisms and tools for civil society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.peaceinsight.org/consultations/civil-society-inclusive-peace/ad/
 
Description Participation in the NACCW Biannual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In July 2019 Professor Paul Cooke and Dr Lou Harvey from the University of Leeds joined four representatives of the Bishop Simeon Trust and its South African operational partner, One Child One Family , at the biannual conference of the NACCW in Durban . At a very well attended workshop we had the opportunity to share the leadership model with key policy decision makers, NGO leads and practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Participatory Arts, International Development and National Cultural Identities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop and seminar engaged with academics, professional practitioners, activists, artists, NGOs and organisations like the British Council to consider the role of participatory arts in international development. There was much discussion afterwards, as well as further activities and successful cross-sector bids submitted as a result of networks made.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/news/article/4867/participatory_arts_international_development_and_nati...
 
Description Participatory Filmmaking in Participatory Development at Royal Holloway 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In this research seminar at Royal Holloway University of London, Professor Paul Cooke reflected upon the findings of the recent AHRC project 'Troubling the National Brand and Voicing Hidden Histories'. 20 people were in attendance and there was very interesting and engaged discussion after the paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/aboutus/newsandevents/events/eventsarticles/participatory-filmmaking...
 
Description Paul Cooke - Participatory filmmaking in the East Rand 21 Nov 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact LUCAS Seminar - all welcome

Professor Paul Cooke (Leeds) invited to present a talk on 'Changing the Story or Confirming the Story? Participatory filmmaking, development and youth leadership in the East Rand, South Africa' as part of the LUCAS (Centre for African Studies) open seminar series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://lucas.leeds.ac.uk/events/paul-cooke-participatory-filmmaking-in-the-east-rand/
 
Description Presentation at 'Research on the role of cultural heritage in the building of (national) identity in post conflict situations' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cooke presented insights from Changing the Story as part of a panel on "Identity and education - society after the conflict"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation, screening and discussion at Midwestern University, Kathmandu, Nepal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Whilst in Nepal working on the 'Sourcing Community Solutions to Antibiotic Resistance in Nepal", Prof. Paul Cooke was invited to speak about his recent work in participatory filmmaking and international development at MidWestern University in Nepal on 16 February 2018. There were 40 Masters students present. He screened the project film "Voicing Hidden Histories: Participatory Filmmaking, Advocacy and International Development" and provided an overview of this project, his recent work challenging Xenophobia in South Africa. He also introduced the Changing the Story project, highlighting future opportunities to get involved, as well as highlighting the wider potential for creative activities and youth-focused civil society in participatory development. Prof. Cooke and Project Officer Inés Soria-Donlan then took questions and engaged in a very engaged discussion with the group. The meeting has led to a potential further partnership with the organiser of the event, Bishnu Khatri (one of the MA course leaders and also directly involved in the Nepal International Human Rights Film Festival) which we hope will support project film outputs of all project associated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/Changing_Story_/status/964917221796581377
 
Description Presenting Changing the Story and Voicing Hidden Histories at the launch of the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre at the University of York, 4 June 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cooke gave a keynote talk at the Centre's launch to around 150 people.
Also screened the film 'Voicing Hidden Histories: Participatory Filmmaking, Advocacy and International Development'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.york.ac.uk/igdc/events/igdc-summer-launch/
 
Description Presenting Changing the Story and our approach to Evaluation at the 'Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Cooke presented the aims and approaches of Changing the Story as part of a panel of projects exploring issues around 'reconciliation' in post-conflict settings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Project & Film Presentation at Museu da Imagem, Campinas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Gilberto Sobrinho and Stephanie Dennison took part in a public discussion of the project as a whole and the making of the Brazilian film at the MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som) in Campinas. The event had an excellent turnout and was recorded.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.revistacampinas.com.br/museu-da-imagem-e-do-som-tera-palestra-sobre-cinema-nesta-sexta-di...
 
Description Sameer Film Screening and Director Q&A 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact European premiere of Bollywood political thriller 'Sameer' with post-screening discussion with Director Dakxin Bajrange and Producer Viren Ghamande.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sameer-film-screening-plus-director-and-producer-qa-tickets-385782596...
 
Description Screening of "Who Am I, Mom?" at the 2nd International Nomad Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We have screened the film "Who am I, Mom" in 2nd Nomad Film Festival on this 18th February at the 2nd International Nomad Film Festival in India.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nomadfilmfestival.in/2ndfilmfestival/
 
Description Screening of 'Um Pouco de Tudo, Talvez' at Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) de Campinas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Screening followed by q&a,
Day: 12/15
Time: 07:30 pm
Local: MIS - Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) de Campinas - Rua Regente Feijó, 859 - Centro - Palácio dos Azulejos, 13013-051, Campinas, Brazil
Numbers of attendees: 30

After the screening the audience stayed on the spot and some praises and issues raised. They praised the film by the choice of the girls, highlighting their clarity in exposing their personal ideias, their political and social conscience and the possibilitiy of knowing something about another region in Brazil with this interchange. Another aspect strongly praised was the images about religion and popular culture presented in some sequences. In general, the film impacted about the presentation of another subjects, spaces and culture very different from the same place the film was screened, although the same country. Issues about the process of the construction of the film was raised, such as the funding, the way people worked together, power relations and how each other learned from the whole process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Screening of Voicing Hidden Histories film at the Participatory Video Festival plus discussion 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Paul Cooke's film 'Voicing Hidden Histories: Participatory Filmmaking, Advocacy and International Development' - the culmination of the project, which includes footage from each project film - was selected to be screened at the Participatory Video Festival at Ghent University. An active discussion followed the screening.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.participatoryvideofestival.com/
 
Description Stephanie Dennison Workshop at LabCine 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In August 2017 Stephanie Dennison included a discussion of the project in day two part B of her two-day workshop on the image of Brazil abroad at the Universidade Mackenzie.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://labcine.com/2017/08/10/workshop-com-stephanie-dennison-soft-power-brazil-identidade-brasilei...
 
Description That was nice but so what? Participatory Arts for Sustainable Development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This video summarises the discussions and presentations that took place in the project's seminar "Participatory Arts, International Development and National Cultural Identities" organised by Prof. Paul Cooke. Prof. Cooke also edited and produced the video.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://vimeo.com/221717410
 
Description Voicing Hidden Histories Celebration Event 14 Nov 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An evening of film, talk, and performance in celebration of the power of film and creativity. The evening included the world premiere of a selection of films made by communities in Brazil, South Africa and India as part of the recent project "Voicing Hidden Histories: Troubling the National Brand" and "Using Digital Tools to Challenge Xenophobia". It also marked the launch of two new international network projects based at University of Leeds, 'Changing the Story: Building Inclusive Civil Societies With, and For, Young People" and "Sumak Kawsay and the Sustainable Development Agenda".

With introduction and Q&As by the in-country project teams, live performance, film screenings and music.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.leedsfilmcity.com/whats-on/voicing-hidden-histories-celebration-event/
 
Description Yarn Page - Human Rights Workshop at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We used the UoL tool yarncommunity.org to create a visual storytelling report of this section of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://yarncommunity.org/stories/463
 
Description Yarn Page - The Story Telling Process 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We used the UoL tool yarncommunity.org to create a visual storytelling report of this section of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://yarncommunity.org/stories/512
 
Description Yarn page - Bonisiwe Field Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We used the UoL tool yarncommunity.org to create a visual storytelling report of this section of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://yarncommunity.org/stories/571
 
Description Yarn page - Ncedo-Thuso Ea Bana 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We used the UoL tool yarncommunity.org to create a visual storytelling report of this section of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://yarncommunity.org/stories/594
 
Description Yarn page - Project Evaluation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We used the UoL tool yarncommunity.org to create a visual storytelling report of this section of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://yarncommunity.org/stories/612
 
Description Yarn page - Repheleng Care Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We used the UoL tool yarncommunity.org to create a visual storytelling report of this section of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://yarncommunity.org/stories/592
 
Description Yarn page - Advocacy Campaigns 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We used the UoL tool yarncommunity.org to create a visual storytelling report of this section of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://yarncommunity.org/stories/538
 
Description Yarn page - Empowering Youths in the East Rand, Johannesburg. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We used the UoL tool yarncommunity.org to create a visual storytelling report of this section of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://yarncommunity.org/stories/448
 
Description Yarn page - Leth'iThemba EduCare 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We used the UoL tool yarncommunity.org to create a visual storytelling report of this section of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://yarncommunity.org/stories/593
 
Description Yarn page - Project Reflections 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We used the UoL tool yarncommunity.org to create a visual storytelling report of this section of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://yarncommunity.org/stories/609
 
Description YarnCommunity Project on Voicing Hidden Histories 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We used the Yarn community site to create a visual story and provide an overview of the whole project activities that is publicly available online. This also includes materials from the previous 'Using Digital Tools to Challenge Xenophobia' project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://yarncommunity.com/projects/25
 
Description conference presentation on participatory filmmaking in Brazil 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact co-presentation by Stephanie Dennison and Gilberto Alexandre Sobrinho of the outcomes of the Voicing Hidden Histories project (Brazil part) at the annual History conference in Brazil (ANPUH). Part of the Film History group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description • Invitation of Dakxin Bajrange (filmmaker present at our Protest Film workshop event and Sameer screening) to present at the AHRC International Development Summit in June 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The AHRC hosted an International Development Summit- 'Mobilising Global Voices', at the British Library, London on Wednesday 7th June 2017. A speaker from our February event "Participatory Arts, International Development and National Cultural Identities" was asked to be on an expert panel with Prof. Paul Cooke, and also successfully applied to present a paper at the event. The Summit aimed to showcase and discuss the unique and important contribution that AHRC-funded research (and of the arts and humanities more widely) makes to policy and practice in International Development and to cross-disciplinary and collaborative research which addresses a range of global challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/readwatchlisten/features/international-development-summit/