Narrative Justice: Who Has the Right to Tell Humanitarian Stories
Emmy-winning filmmaker, Lisa Russell, who has 10+ years producing advocacy videos for UN/NGO agencies presents her concept of "Narrative Justice."
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Social Good Summit 2010
“Power of Film”
Rise of Poverty Porn
Imbalance of Power
- There is a clear imbalance of power between
filmmakers and humanitarian subjects of their
- Lack of effective regulatory systems to ensure
films adequately portray their struggles and
- Discussion of power imbalance is difficult when
they are being done for humanitarian reasons. ‘
Charter of Storytelling Rights
By David Denborough
Article 1: Everyone has the right to define their
experiences and problems in their own words
Article 2: Everyone has the right to have their life
understood in the context of what they have
been through and in the context of their
relationships with others.
Article 3: Everyone has the right to invite others
who are important to them to be involved in the
process of reclaiming their life from the effects
Article 4: Everyone has the right not to have
problems caused by trauma and injustice
located inside of them, internally, as if there
were some deficit in them. The person is not
the problem, the problem is the problem.
Article 5: Everyone has the right to have their
responses to hard times acknowledged. No one
is a passive recipient of hardship. People
always respond. People always protest
Article 6: Everyone has the right to have their
skills and knowledge of survival respected,
honored and acknowledged.
Article 7: Everyone has the right to know and
experience that what they have learned through
hard times can make a contribution to the lives
of others in similar situations.
Case Study: “It's About the People”
Changing the Narrative
Look at Creativity and Innovation Sectors
Innovations in Technology:
Focuses on solutions instead of problems
Stories not focused on charity to evoke pity but
on justice to promote empowerment.
I Sell the Shadow
“I Sell the Shadow”
New initiative to create meaningful partnerships between
creative professionals and UN/NGO agencies around pressing
global health issues.
Increase civic participation of artists in development arena.
Teach artists and development agencies how to “talk” to one
Encourage funding for more creative collaborations.
Hands-on workshops for artists, students and communications
New entertainment portal housing socially conscious creative
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