ABOUT PARTICIPATORY VIDEO


In recent years, filmmaking, photography, and other forms of digital media have played an increasingly important role in Tibetan and Himalayan communities. Digital technology has begun to emerge as a tool for communication, instrument of creative self-expression, and vital means of re-imagining and re-invigorating traditional culture. 

The aim of our participatory video workshops is to encourage creative media-making among Tibetans and other Himalayan communities. The workshops are designed to share the excitement of filmmaking with individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of experience. In the workshops, we focus on filmmaking as a process that can empower individuals and strengthen the bonds of community.

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Ba Lhagang is a small but important town in the Minyak cultural region of Kham, known for the Golden Stupa complex built by reincarnate lama Dorje Tashi.

Chungba is a rural Tibetan township deep in the heart of Kham where local investment in a primary school has stimulated a broad-based revitalization of the entire community.

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Dzongsar is an isolated community located in the upper reaches of the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers. It is the site of a unique cultural revival project launched by a local hospital.

Sershül Monastery, home to 1300 monks, is the largest Gelug monastery in Kham and the religious center of Dzachukha County, the highest, largest, coldest, poorest, and most remote county in Sichuan Province. 

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Bhutan. These films were made by students at the Nazhoen Pelri Youth Development Center, a multi-purpose youth center in Thimphu, Bhutan, where young people can engage in productive extra-curricular activities.

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SEP 2010. These films were created in 2010, as part of Machik's Summer Enrichment Program, a one-of-a-kind summer learning program that offers dynamic educational opportunities for Tibetan youth.