Democracy and participation, Education, Civil Education

Cinema Voice for Civil Society


Who is behind this?

Hanna Shvindina

NGO "Council of Young Scientists" (CYS) / NGO "Rada Molodykh Vchenykh"


Who is joining forces?

Sumy State University




Idea pitch

They say, “a picture is worth of thousand words”, but how about the power of movies?
We believe that it is possible to reinforce the local community towards a stronger civil society. Film-making is chosen as the main tool because it will empower people to lighten up the most crucial problems in well-perceived way. Cinema Voice is the best format to attract the attention of the society to the problems of inclusiveness, gender inequity, cultural changes, political and social movements etc.

Where does your idea take place?

Sumy, Ukraine

Why does Europe need your idea?

Cinema Voice will help to identify the most important city/region problems (or achievements) and encourage members of local community to participate in creating healthier civil society. The project will rise the issues of inclusiveness, gender inequity, cultural changes, social movements and so on.

What is your impact?

The short movies will become social markers for the politicians, sociologists, educators, and all active community members. The debates and round tables will take place as a consequence of risen social issues and will lead to correction of social and economic program of actions in the region.

How do you get there?

1. Participants attraction and selection for the course.
2. Course on "Cinema Voice: film-making" coupled with Civil Education.
3. Independent work of students supervised by experienced film-maker. Short films production (the most interesting aspects of city life, life in community).
4. Festival “Cinema Voice for Civil Society” where the best films will be selected and awarded.
5. Round tables and discussions with the policy-makers, ideas distribution via media to the society.

What is your story?

I was inspired by the idea of Photo Voice as a research method and as a method of empowering people. Every person has creative abilities and aspirations to change the world. Film-making combines cretiveness, freedom of thoughts and associations, and is powerful tool in attitudes changing.

Who are you doing it for?

Audience members of all ages, social statuses, and job occupations are welcome, and special attention will be provided towards involving decision-makers at different levels of governance.
Target: decision makers at different levels of governance, entrepreneurs, businessmen, community leaders

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Any advice on Films Festival or same event organization



Idea created on Jan. 13, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 14, 2018

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