Baggie (filmmaker) setting up her mobile phone camera
One of the participating filmmakers from EngageMedia’s Video For Change Environmental Impact Lab has just released a mobile journalism film about the stories of communities grappling with a catastrophic natural phenomenon frequently occurring in Mongolia.
Yellow Dust Storms: Enemy from the North focuses on the efforts and initiatives of local communities in southern Mongolia to turn the tide and reduce the harmful effects of yellow dust storms. Originating in the Gobi Desert, these massive storms are becoming more frequent, threatening the lives of the people and animals of Mongolia, China, and other Asian countries. Shot entirely on smartphone, the film depicts the inspiring grassroots efforts of local communities to counter these damaging effects through innovative solutions.
Dulamkhorloo Baatar, or Duuya, of the Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development produced the documentary in partnership with the Earth Journalism Network. The film project is part of the second Video for Change Environmental Impact Lab held from June to August 2021, which helped filmmakers and environmental activists enhance their impact strategies and campaigns. As part of the project, Duuya is currently training local journalists in Mongolia to use video to document the harmful effects of yellow dust storms.
We are delighted to see the first of these Impact Lab films premiering on Cinemata. We look forward to future developments and films from this ongoing project. If you’d like to know more about the Impact Lab, email [email protected]. If you want to offer your support after seeing this film, get in touch with Duuya from Nest Center via [email protected]