Archive | Humanitarian

Open Air Cinema Foundation: MAP Foundation’s Media Campaign Reaches Out to Burmese Migrant Workers

One thing we’ve discovered in our first three months in operation here in Southeast Asia is that there are countless organizations looking to communicate with the communities they serve. Since most organizations work in rural areas often lacking electricity and other services, it is never easy to relay public health messages and information to those in need.

One example is the MAP Foundation serving the Burmese migrant community along the Thai-Burma border. MAP has created a series of cartoons to inform Burmese migrant workers how to avoid accidents and sickness in the workplace. These videos can be easily found on the MAP Foundation website and YouTube.

The Open Air Cinema Foundation aims to take vital media similar to this video series into Burmese migrant communities along the border. In partnership with local NGOs such as the MAP Foundation we use our outdoor projection technology to reach communities that normally would not be able to connect with these messages.

0

Open Air Cinema’s Screening of Haitian Presidential Debates in Camp Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

outdoor movies haiti

Last night was our fourth outdoor movie screening of the Haitian Presidential debates, this time in camp Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Mayor of Port-au-Prince invited us to screen the debates within the city courtyard, and the fire department assisted in security and setting up the screening. We have a few more inflatable movie screenings of the first round of debates, and then we’ll be showing the second round in advance of the elections on Sunday.

The local production crew is learning the OAC Cinebox outdoor movie system well, and set up last night without much assistance from the OAC technicians. The portable movie screen, outdoor projector, and outdoor speaker system were setup with ease. Overall the production went very well, and several hundred Camp residents attended and watched the debates.

Today will be screening the debates at camp Champ-de-Mars, right in downtown Port-au-Prince. We anticipate thousands of locals to be in attendance at tonight’s screenings, and we look forward to updating the blog with images and a report with how things went. Below are some images from last night’s outdoor movie screening at Camp Carrefour.

outdoor movies haiti

outdoor movies haiti

outdoor movies haiti

outdoor movies haiti

0

Open Air Cinema’s Screening of Haitian Presidential Debates in Camp Villaembetta, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

outdoor movies haiti

Today marked the third day of the screening of the first round of the presidential debates, today in camp Villaembetta in Port-au-Prince Haiti. The outdoor movie screening was as successful as days past, as we worked with FilmAid International and crews of local Haitians in producing the event. Each day’s screening requires meeting with the local camp leaders and receiving permission to screen the debates, as well as arranging for a proper location for the setup of the inflatable movie screen and system equipment.

Camp Villaembetta was about 45 minutes away from our operational base, and we began setup around 3 PM. For a moment we thought the weather would bring rain to our event, and so we were prepared with tarps and plastic to cover the outdoor projector and outdoor speaker system if it started to pour. Luckily, we only saw a very slight drizzle, and all of the equipment remained safe and in working order.

In addition to screening the presidential debates, we also showed several films about voting, hygiene, and camp life.  The residents of camp Villaembetta were particularly excited to view their favorite Haitian comedian after the debates and short films. There were times when the entire audience erupted in laughter and cheer as (ironically), the comedian pretended in a skit, to be a presidential candidate, and found himself in several silly situations.

Overall, we are very happy with how the screenings are going. We are looking forward to implementing a few additional media items to the programming. Tomorrow we will have a live video camera on hand, as we will be inviting residents of the camp to come up in front of the audience and share their stories.  We will also feature a live storybook reading by one of our lead technicians who has been working with the camps for months in reading books to the children. We are excited to update the blog with how tomorrow’s events turn out.  We are thrilled that the technology of Open Air Cinema’s outdoor movie systems can bring educational opportunities and a moment of joy to the residents of the refugee camps whose lives were devastated in the earthquake that struck Haiti over a year ago.

outdoor movies haiti

outdoor movies haiti

outdoor movies haiti

outdoor movies haiti

outdoor movies haiti

0

Open Air Cinema’s Screening of Haitian Presidential Debates in Camp Accra, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Haiti outdoor movies

Tonight we completed our second day of screening the Haitian presidential debates via outdoor cinema in camp Accra, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The outdoor movie screening was a huge success, with an estimated 2,500 audience members in attendance. The event started off by showing the short film we created in camp Accra itself. The audience was thrilled to see themselves on the big screen, as the film highlighted many of the community members and their daily lives. The crowd erupted in cheers as one resident after another was highlighted in the documentary. We are going to continue to screen the short film at the beginning of each outdoor movie event in the camps over the next week.

For tonights screening, we used the OAC Cinebox system again, and it worked flawlessly, helping us to have a successful screening. Local Haitian animators or MCs led the event with charisma, keeping the audience excited throughout the screenings. We ended the evening off with a screening of a short film by a comedian that is loved my many Haitians. The crowd erupted with laughter and cheer as they watched one of Haiti’s favorite comedies.

We have been training local crews to assist in the production of the outdoor movie screenings, as we have several days next week where we’ll be producing multiple events in one night. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but look forward to continuing to promote democracy and safety in the camps of residents whose lives have been devastated by the earthquake of more than a year ago.

Below are some images of tonight’s outdoor movie screening at camp Accra in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Haiti Outdoor Movies

Haiti Outdoor Movies

Haiti Outdoor Movies

Haiti Outdoor Movies

Haiti Outdoor Movies

0

Open Air Cinema’s Filming of Camp Accra in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

outdoor movies haiti

Young residents of camp Accra in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Yesterday we continued our filming of camp Accra in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Open Air Cinema and FilmAid International produced a film of camp Accra to be shown tonight as we screen the presidential debates to the camp. We will continue to screen the footage before each of the outdoor movie events over then next week as we work with the different camps around Port-au-Prince.

Here are some images of camp Accra as we gathered footage and sound for the film. Keep checking back on the blog over the next week, as we’ll be updating as we continue each day.

0

Open Air Cinema’s Outdoor Movie Screenings of the Haitian Presidential Debates: Camp Lycee Jacque 1er

outdoor movies haiti

Screening of the Haitian Presidential debates at Camp Lycee Jacques in Port-au-Prince Haiti. March 10, 2011

Tonight was the first outdoor movie screening of the Haitian presidential Debates at Camp Lycee Jacques 1er in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Overall the evening was very successful. Stuart Farmer from Open Air Cinema led productions operations and we were able to hire a team of local Haitian assistants who have worked with FilmAid International for past projects in Haiti. The Haitian Presidential outdoor movie screenings were funded by USAID, and part of the project is to employ locals in the operation, therefore giving back to the community in a more significant way.

Micheal Morgenstern, operations manager from FilmAid was also present to assist in making a successful screening. The team arrived to the camp at noon, and began to setup the inflatable movie screen system near the entrance of the camp where there was a large clearing. Yesterday we rented a van to transport and store all the equipment in, and we decided it would be best to project out of the back of the van for security and ease of use (see image below). The Open Air Cinema Cinebox system made setup easy, as the projector and audio visual console was all setup and ready to go. The setup went so quickly and efficiently, that we actually had a couple hours to spare before screening time at 6pm.

In addition to the outdoor movie screenings of the Haitian presidential debates, we screened several instructional videos about hygiene and camp life. We documented the day’s events through photography below. We will continue to update the blog with our activities in Haiti in the coming days.

outdoor movies haiti

Residents of Camp Lycee Jacques in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

outdoor movies haiti

OAC's Stuart Farmer works with local Haitians to produce screenings of the 2011 Haitian Presidential debates in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Outdoor Movies Haiti

Camp Lycee Jacques residents wait for the screening of the debates to begin.

outdoor movies haiti

Camp Lycee Jacques residents wait for the screening of the debates.

outdoor movies haiti

Camp Lycee Jacques residents watch the Haitian presidential debates.

outdoor movies haiti

Camp Lycee Jacques residents watch the Haitian presidential debates.

outdoor movies haiti

Projection of the presidential debates out of the rear of our rented van.

0

Bangkok, Thailand: MTV Exit and OACF Screen ‘Intersection’ at Youth Center

The other day we posted about the screening of ‘Intersection’ at The Hub Youth Center in Bangkok. It was a great event organized by Childline Thailand. But we didn’t yet provide much background information about the animation or about MTV Exit, the campaign that actually produced it.

The MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign is a multimedia initiative produced by MTV EXIT Foundation (formerly known as the MTV Europe Foundation) to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking. The MTV EXIT Foundation is based in Southeast Asia and has been working since 2004 to raise awareness about human trafficking in the region. They have produced a number of music videos and TV spots to inform youth about the problem. Starting in 2008 they staged a series of concerts in Cambodia (see above), Nepal, Vietnam, East Timor, Thailand, Laos and a number of other countries in the area. The MTV Exit team is preparing for another round of concerts over the next two years.

Most of the victims of human trafficking come from smaller villages and rural areas. These areas do not have ready access to media. OACF looks forward to working with MTV Exit to carry this important content to those will benefit most from seeing it.

0

Bangkok, Thailand: OACF Joins MTV Exit for the Opening of The Hub Saidek Youth Club

UNICEF estimates that 900,000 primary school-aged children in Thailand are either not in school or are not enrolled in school at the right age, and even more children are missing out on a secondary school education. Also, an estimated one million children have no birth registration documents. Without these it is much harder for them to claim their entitlements to education, healthcare and legal protection from abuse.

Childline Thailand Foundation (CTF) runs a nationwide 24-hour telephone helpline with an easy-to-remember number – 1387. Childline provides its services for any child under the age of 18. The foundation works with various government and NGO stakeholders to safeguard the rights of every child as outlined by the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC).

Yesterday CTF hosted the grand opening of a new center in central Bangkok near the main railway station. The youth club’s projects are aimed at children and young people ranging from ages five to 18 and experiencing the following circumstances:

  • Homeless/sleeping rough in the Pomprab District
  • Struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction
  • Living locally but experiencing abuse or a difficult home environment
  • Not actively enrolled in school
  • Facing difficulties in school / struggling with education
  • Struggling with loneliness

The Open Air Cinema Foundation was invited to provide two screenings of ‘Intersection’, an animated short produced by the MTV Exit campaign. Most of our equipment is presently en route to Bangkok from Laos, but we were able to provide two projectors and other essential equipment for the event. OACF is looking forward to partnering again with Childline Thailand at The Hub to show more movies to the youth.

0