Visualising Women's Rights - animation https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/taxonomy/term/5/0 en Gaza Reels: Old Movies, New Voices https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/gaza-reels-old-movies-new-voices <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-103" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/gaza-reels-old-movies-new-voices"><img src="https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/sites/visualrights.tacticaltech.org/files/images/GazaReels.thumbnail.PNG" alt="The Gaza Reels" title="The Gaza Reels" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="112" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In how many different ways is it possible to depict a problem that is more than sixty years old? Resistance to the Israeli occupation of Palestine has generated powerful, inventive and creative visual campaigns, and Gaza Reels by animator Anna Shevchenko, is one of the latest in a distinguished line-up.</p> <p> <iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XMu3MNasH7I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why We Like It </span></p> <p>Following from the powerful <a href="http://www.closedzone.com/" target="_blank">Closed Zone</a>, Gaza Reels describes the continuing blockade of the Gaza Strip despite the recent opening up of the border at Rafah on Gaza's southern border with Egypt, and the only land crossing out of Gaza not controlled by Israel. (The film was also released close to the anniversary of the disastrous May 2010 attack on the Mavi Marmara and the <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CCgQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FGaza_flotilla_raid&amp;rct=j&amp;q=freedom%20flotilla&amp;ei=JN4jTtWlBdHPrQfAvoWCAg&amp;usg=AFQjCNHoFF9HQzWGUJ_dj_5HNCpu-wdh-A&amp;cad=rja" target="_blank">Freedom Flotilla</a>). Gisha's film seeks to challenge the belief that Israel has truly 'disengaged' from Gaza and describes how Gazans still face severe restrictions. Visually, this elegant little film evokes the nostalgia of the Geva News Reels that were shown in Israeli movie theatres in the 1950s and '60s, and is made up of collages of old and new visual motifs and styles. But there is another play on the layering of old and new. The Geva Reels'-style voice-over with it's typically didactic form of address, reminiscent of propaganda films of that earlier cinematic moment, barking the State-ist Quo, is countered by a calmer voice (also speaking in Hebrew) that tells of the lived reality of civilians in Gaza. The second voice is more conversational, gentle and draws out dialogue instead of being commanding.</p> <p>And there's a curious coda to this story. Early this year before the release of Gaza Reels, Geva Studios that produced the original News Reels was <a title="Geva Studios Torn Down" href="http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/editing-out-a-frame-of-history-1.349973" target="_blank">torn down</a> to make way for new high-rise residential apartments. More history written over, written again.</p> <p>Source: Gaza Mom</p> <p>Website: <a href="http://gisha.org" target="_blank">Gisha</a></p> <p>Year: 2011</p> </div> </div> </div> https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/gaza-reels-old-movies-new-voices#comments animation film Gaza Israel Palestine Mon, 18 Jul 2011 07:46:07 +0000 maya 104 at https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org Animated Palestinian Hip-Hop Videos https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/animated-palestinian-hip-hop-videos <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-73" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/animated-palestinian-hip-hop-videos"><img src="https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/sites/visualrights.tacticaltech.org/files/images/Screen shot 2010-12-03 at 10.31.11 PM.thumbnail.png" alt="Animated hip-hop" title="Animated hip-hop" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="143" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hip-hop as a musical genre is rooted in the experiences of marginalised communities in the United States. It provided a vehicle&nbsp;to express anger, repression and yearnings for a better life. Although, decades later, money and the mainstreaming of the genre has changed hip-hop, it still remains an expression of protest in many parts of the world.</p> <p><object width="480" height="385" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/uTmNEHcjqho?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/uTmNEHcjqho?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/uTmNEHcjqho?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> <p>This series of videos by Lena Merhej and Maher Abu Samra show the combination of simple animations and hip-hop being used for advocacy. Checkpoints, settlements, and the inability of Palestinians to live freely in the West Bank have encouraged artists to seek more creative ways to discuss the issues Palestinians are facing. The videos tackle the occupation of Palestine, and specifically the Apartheid wall, which Israel is building through the West Bank.</p> <p>Throughout, repetition and simple black and white illustrations are used to reiterate the message simply and effectively. The Arabic language is flexible enough to adapt phrases and words to rhyme, which makes it perfectly suitable for the intricate rhyming schemes of modern hip-hop.</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;">The simple use of graphics create a visualisation that is short and to the point. Catchy lyrics and music are used to draw the viewer into the message. At the end of each video, there is an explicit link to a United Nations resolution, an International Court of Justice decision or to Universal Human Rights, which reiterate the nature of the situation in Palestine.</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><strong>Links to all the videos:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTmNEHcjqho" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTmNEHcjqho</a></p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN-1o86nroc&amp;feature=related" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN-1o86nroc&amp;feature=related</a></p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPdwuwUIhW8&amp;feature=related" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPdwuwUIhW8&amp;feature=related</a></p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahbkcZC1dD" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahbkcZC1dD</a>I</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><strong>Year:</strong> 2009</p> <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0cm; margin-left: 0px;"><strong>Category: </strong>Visualisations about conflict in the Arab World</p> </div> </div> </div> https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/animated-palestinian-hip-hop-videos#comments animation Arabic hip-hop Israel music Palestine Fri, 03 Dec 2010 20:44:56 +0000 Ramsey 74 at https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org The Girl Effect Parodied https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/girl-effect-parodied <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-71" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/girl-effect-parodied"><img src="https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/sites/visualrights.tacticaltech.org/files/images/the_idiot.thumbnail.jpg" alt="the_idiot.jpg" title="the_idiot.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="130" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Visualisation techniques can make your data really accessible and clear but if not used properly, they can also tell your story wrong, complicate your message or oversimplify an issue. This is the case with the first video of the “Girl Effect”, a campaign created by the Nike Foundation to raise money for girls education in developing countries.</p> <p><object width="480" height="385" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/WIvmE4_KMNw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WIvmE4_KMNw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/WIvmE4_KMNw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Although the video has some really nice visuals and is a good example of the creative use of typography, it fails to adequately capture its audience because it oversimplifies the issue of social development. In trying to show viewers the situation of many girls living in poverty and how girls can be powerful agents of social change if their futures are invested in, the video ends up making radical generalisations and an all too simplistic linear equation for how change happens. It discounts other factors affecting women such as gender based violence and simply assumes that if a girl is given the money to go to school, she will become a thriving self-sufficient entrepreneur (selling milk) and influence other girls to do the same, leading to a stronger economy for her village, peace and finally “a better world.”</p> <p>When watching this video on Youtube, you'll quickly notice a string of parody videos showing up in the suggestions panel. “The Idiot Effect”, created by the people from Corrupt.org, not only pokes fun at the campaign video but the creators of it too. It jokingly suggests that the world's problems can be solved by “buying Nike sneakers”and ultimately implies that The Girl Effect is another example of “corporate brainwashing”.</p> <p><object width="480" height="385" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/x_lLdYb2z1g?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/x_lLdYb2z1g?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/x_lLdYb2z1g?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> <p>Many of these spoof videos have been viewed nearly as many times as the original video. This is a good example of how a social media platform like Youtube can actually undermine your campaign message better than it can help distribute it. There are of course always people who will find things wrong with your campaign but ultimately if you have a legitimate, strong and well articulated message, these criticisms will be constructive rather than outright admonishing.</p> </div> </div> </div> https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/girl-effect-parodied#comments animation Girl Effect girls education Nike Foundation parody spoof Fri, 26 Nov 2010 08:11:01 +0000 faith 70 at https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org Animated films: Put Women's Equality Back on Track https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/animated-films-put-womens-equality-back-track <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-45" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/animated-films-put-womens-equality-back-track"><img src="https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/sites/visualrights.tacticaltech.org/files/images/canadaequality.thumbnail.JPG" alt="Women&#039;s Equality in Canada" title="Women&#039;s Equality in Canada" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="142" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A coalition of women’s rights organisation in Canada called Women's Equality produced short animation films in a series called 'Put Equality Back on Track'. Women's organisations wanted to bring attention to the fact that Stephen Harper, the serving President elected in 2006, had not stuck to his promises to further women's rights. Canada is a signatory to UN conventions and charters on women's rights but have not followed through on it's commitments. A particularly pressing issue in Canada is women <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQw1jqJoSdI&amp;feature=player_embedded">not receiving</a> equal pay for equal work. Additionally, shortly after being elected, Harper <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOBq2rEvfGM">rolled back</a> government funding and support for child care across the country. Government funding for research and advocacy into women's rights issues, and on the status of women in Canada, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UkYD6FbEVk&amp;NR=1">was cut</a> because the government announced that 'Canadian women had achieved equality with men.'</p> <p><object width="480" height="385" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/GOBq2rEvfGM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="data" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/GOBq2rEvfGM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/GOBq2rEvfGM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> <p>(three more videos on their<a href="http://www.womensequality.ca/animation.html " target="_blank"> website</a>)</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why we like it</span>: This series of animations follows a theme of 'putting equality back on track' featuring President Harper driving a train and suggesting that he has derailed efforts for women's equality and rights. Similarly, Harper is mocked through the use of subtle features that would be impossible in any other kind of standard documentary film. Animation opens up the potential for fantasy, subtlety, and for bizarre or unexpected visuals and special effects that present a different perspective on an issue. These animations also layer the storyline with hard information and facts about the lapses of the Harper government.The films have a strong message to voters to reconsider their choice for Harper in the next elections. A related <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTn3C-MAh9A&amp;feature=related">video</a> found on Youtube, with a similar theme, layers voters' positive views on Harper with specific data on how his government had faulted on it's committments to women's and children's rights. The use of the data presents a direct challenge to these positive voices, suggesting that they are not adequately informed.&nbsp;</p> <p>Category: Women's Rights Worldwide Visualisations</p> <p>Year: 2006</p> <p>Created by: The Ad-Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights / Women's Equality</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.womensequality.ca/animation.html " target="_blank">http://www.womensequality.ca/animation.html&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/animated-films-put-womens-equality-back-track#comments animation Canada equality film women's rights Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:26:36 +0000 maya 46 at https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org Animation: Lift the Siege on Gaza https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/animation-lift-siege-gaza <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-53" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/animation-lift-siege-gaza"><img src="https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/sites/visualrights.tacticaltech.org/files/images/Screen shot 2010-09-23 at 10.02.56 AM.thumbnail.png" alt="Lift the Seige on Gaza" title="Lift the Seige on Gaza" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="136" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As part of a larger campaign to demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (<a href="http://www.btselem.org/" target="_blank">B’Tselem</a>) launched a short animated clip, “Lift the Siege on Gaza”. The animation, created by Alon Simone, challenged the effectiveness of this siege on the grounds that Israel's attempt to cripple Hamas is actually serving to enrich them. The animation shows how goods that are not allowed to enter Gaza from Israel are smuggled into the country from Egypt through tunnels where Hammas collects money on them.</p> <p><object width="480" height="414" data="http://blip.tv/play/g%2BYegb_9SAI" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="data" value="http://blip.tv/play/g%2BYegb_9SAI" /><param name="src" value="http://blip.tv/play/g%2BYegb_9SAI" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why we like it</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In just over 50 seconds the film communicates a pressing and controversial issue using a recognisable cartoon style seen regularly on television, but used here to tackle a serious issue. The colour and expression of the characters brings a different angle to a subject worn out in media and advocacy debate. The opening screen text, “The siege on Gaza brought Hamas to its knees, you think?” and the bouncing soundtrack, does what a body of text can't do. It creates humour, revealing the irony of Hamas benefiting from a scheme intended to injure them. It carefully uses the style to engage a certain audience but not to undermine the severity of the problem but points to the true consequences of the blockade, the people in Gaza are the only people to suffer, concluding that a “Siege doesn’t collapse a government a siege just makes people miserable.”</p> <p><strong>Source:&nbsp;</strong>http://www.btselem.org/english/Video/20091227_Campaign_on_the_Siege_on_Gaza.asp</p> <p><strong></strong><strong>Year:</strong> 2009</p> <p><strong>By:&nbsp;</strong><a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #998565;" href="http://www.btselem.org/" target="_blank">B’Tselem</a></p> <p><strong>Category:</strong> Visualisations about conflict in the Arab World</p> </div> </div> </div> https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/animation-lift-siege-gaza#comments animation conflict Gaza Hamas Israel video visualisation Fri, 20 Aug 2010 15:46:03 +0000 faith 30 at https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org The blog: what, why, who? https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/blog-what-why-who <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This blog is about visualising information; it looks at how techniques like information design, mapping, animation and illustration can be used to express social and political issues and push for change. More specifically, we'll be blogging about the way that visual techniques are used, and could be used in the future, by women's rights advocates and NGOs in the Arab World to represent their information and to inform and mobilise others.</p> <p>The blog forms a backdrop for “<a href="content/about-project" target="_self">Visualising Women's Rights in the Arab World</a>,” an initiative to strengthen the use of such visual techniques by women's rights advocates in the Arab world, and to build a network of women with these skills.</p> <p>This project has a specific mandate to partner with women's rights advocates working on issues of violence against women, the impact and role of women in political and violent conflict and women's participation and leadership in public life - with a specific focus on Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon.</p> <p>For this reason, we'll blog on four distinct areas of visualisation; finding out what is already out there, while also inspiring discussion and creating a foundation for future innovation and creativity. The four categories of focus are:</p> <ol> <li>The visualisation of women's rights and the representation of women in the Arab World</li> <li>How visualisation is used in the Arab World to show social and political issues</li> <li>The visualisation of conflict in the Arab World (from the region and externally)</li> <li>The visualisation of women's rights worldwide</li> </ol> <p>Over the coming months we will be posting a lot of examples that fall into the above four categories, as well as some comment from advocates, designers, filmmakers and artists in the region.</p> <p>We're well aware that we can't keep track of everything out there and we're always on the lookout for more examples, so if you know of any (on or offline) and you think they would fit please email us on <a href="mailto:vwr@tactialtech.org">vwr@tactialtech.org</a> and we'll try to include them in this collection.</p> <p>Lastly you might want to know who is writing all of this if you haven't figured it out already?Members of Tactical Tech (you can read more about us in the <a href="content/tactical-tech" target="_self">About Tactical Tech page</a> or go straight to our<a href="http://www.tacticaltech.org/" target="_blank"> website</a>).&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org/content/blog-what-why-who#comments animation Arab World illustration information design mapping visualisation women's rights Sun, 01 Aug 2010 14:27:14 +0000 faith 27 at https://visualrights.tacticaltech.org