Participatory Video for Peacebuilding in the Southern Philippines
Between April and September 2016, a participatory video project in Mindanao, the Philippines brought together young representatives from four different religious/cultural backgrounds to explore and document how conflict related issues affect youth in the region and to articulate their visions for a more peaceful future. This report provides documentation of the activities of the three stages of the project, an evaluation of the impact and outcomes and a set of lessons and recommendations to inform future peace building activities with youth in the region.
The group of sixteen young people of mixed gender, between age 13 and 24, comprised of four indigenous youth, four Muslim youth, four Muslim youth from Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camps, and four Christian youth. Whilst a few of the MILF youth already knew each other, all others had never met before. During the three stages of the project, the group explored and captured their experiences of cultural discrimination/conflict, their understanding of the causes and effects and their ideas about what youth can do to contribute to more social cohesion and peace.