10.04.2008 -

Public Service Podcasting: UNESCO releases a series of videos on human rights, peace and tolerance

UNESCO releases a series of 9 video podcasts on human rights, peace, tolerance and the fight against discrimination. The videos were selected out of more than one hundred proposals submitted under a project on ICT-enhanced Public Service Broadcasting.

Last biennium, UNESCO launched a call for submissions of video podcast proposals for a series of production grants, within the framework of its project "ICT-enhanced Public Service Broadcasting: Contributing to the development of human rights, peace, tolerance and the fight against discrimination". This project aimed at putting ICT, particularly brand new formats, at the service of content development on major societal and development issues.

 

More than one hundred proposals were received from fifty countries, out of which nine projects were finally selected and produced throughout 2007. The final podcasts have just been released on DVD and through podcasting platforms.

 

"Public service content is not limited to news formats; it can be provided to people/users through different genres: documentary, fiction, TV magazines, animation, etc. In addition to these traditional audiovisual genres, the last few years have witnessed the emergence of new online formats and mobile distribution platforms that have had a tremendous impact on the type of content being generated and the profile of those generating it. Content produced for small mobile devices - commonly called podcasting - will entail different audiovisual choices than those we may apply to images conceived for a big screen", says Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO's Assistant Director General for Communication and Information.

 

The DVD includes the following titles:

 

<li>The Future, Moussoukoula Dreid, Nigeria/Benin, 1'30''
This animation illustrates the choices of two different families and their consequences. One sends its children to school, the other does not...

 

<li>Being fed up, Roberto Pacini, Italy, 1'30''

Are you fed up with violence against women?

 

<li>>I love you, Rogério Manjate, Mozambique, 3'36''

Advising your friends to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS is an act of love.

 

<li>Camels, Goats and Books, Amit Tyagi, Kenya, 3'08''

On how camels contribute to knowledge sharing.

 

<li>Incident Love, Arturo Chacón, Mexico, 2'50''

Child abuse is a violation of human rights.

 

<li>The boy who loves flowers, Milo Tolentino, The Philippines, 3'32''

Tolerance begins at home...

 

<li>Why is thisappening to me?, Hamidreza Mohseni, Iran, 3'25''

In some traditional societies, girls are forced to marry old men.

 

<li>Hablamos (Talking about it), Catron Booker & Shara K. Lange, United States/Guatemala, 2'21''

The "making-of" a campaign against HIV/AIDS.

 

<li>Shiva: The third eye, Valarmathi, India, 3'24''

This dance is a reinterpretation of Hindu myths, proposing universal and eternal equality between genders.

 

The clips can be viewed <a target="_blank" href="http://www.unesco-ci.org/cgi-bin/media/page.cgi?g=Media_Development%2FICT-enhanced_Public_Service_Broadcasting%2Findex.html;d=1">here</a>.




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