Attendees of the Video4Change gathering in Cape Town, South Africa (2019)
July 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the Video4Change Network, a consortium of organisations catalysing the use of video for human rights, social justice, and environmental change. Over the years, the Network has held numerous regional convenings, developed resources to support video practitioners, and grown its membership from 12 to 17 organisations.
Since the Network began in 2012, EngageMedia has continued its role as convenor. For EngageMedia Executive Director Andrew Lowenthal, the fact that the Network came about organically from its first physical gathering in Indonesia planted the foundations for the Network’s sustained growth.
Perhaps the most profound moment in the Network for me was the agreement to create the network. At the end of the first meeting in Yogyakarta in 2012 it was suggested that we must continue working together, that this can’t be the end. Everyone nodded and chimed in with how profound the experience had been, and how many had ‘found their people’. There was no intention to create a network when we convened the meeting, it was an idea that found its time.
Attendees of the 2012 Video4Change gathering in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
In partnership with the Network, EngageMedia created the Video for Change Impact Toolkit (available in English and Bahasa Indonesia) which helps filmmakers and video practitioners design for and evaluate social impact. The toolkit continues to be widely used in video for change initiatives.