Backpack Video in the Dark

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 12 December 2015 — On the last day of our Backpack Video Journalism Workshop, we lost power because of maintenance work on the electrical system at the venue where the event was held. Despite numerous challenges during the four-day event, every one of the participants managed to produce a respectable video. I’m so […]

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U.S. Envoy to Backpack Event

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 11 December 2015 — U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Laura F. Dogu (in blue jacket) visits my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop in the Nicaraguan capital. Titled, “Training the Trainers,” the four-day event was sponsored and funded by the U.S. Embassy.  

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Backpack and “Forest Weeps”

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 9 December 2015 — Participants in my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop in Managua watch my most recent film, “When the Forest Weeps.” The film examines how Ecuador’s Kichwa Indians struggle as their deep spiritual relationship with the Amazonian rain forest diminishes in a clash with the forces of so-called modernity. The film resonated […]

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Backpack to Nicaragua Protest

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 8 December 2015 — Participants in my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop interview a peasant reportedly fallen ill after prolonged exposure to pesticides used on sugar cane plantations on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. The peasant is one of hundreds protesting the lack of medical attention and recompense by the Pellas family, one of Nicaragua’s most […]

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Training the Trainers in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 8 December 2015 — Participants of my Backpack Video Journalism Workshop watch one of the films I presented on this, the first day of a four-day event in the Nicaraguan capital. I titled this workshop, “Training the Trainers,” and designed it to instruct the current generation of journalists to practice the visual storytelling […]

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The End of the Beginning

ACCRA, Ghana, 27 November 2015 — Our Backpack Video Journalism Workshop marked the end of the beginning of a new style of development reporting in Ghana. This is a group shot on the final day of the event. This is our Ghana Team, minus SAA, who is behind her camera making this photo! To your […]

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