Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vacancy: Filmmaker for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

Salary: Competitive NGO salary, depending on experience and location.

Contract: 1 year full time (with possible extension) with 3 month trial period.

Based in: LifeMosaic’s office is located in Falkland, Fife, Scotland; the right candidate can be based in Scotland or internationally.

Closing date for applications: 16th August 2013

Short Job Description
An exciting opportunity for an experienced film-maker to join a small dynamic team making films to support movements for indigenous and local communities’ rights. You will be working on a project developing a set of films for communities on land grabs and land rights. Ideally you will have experience of working with indigenous peoples and / or local communities in Africa and / or Latin America. You must be experienced in all aspects of filmmaking from research to production and post-production, and be passionate about the use of films for positive social and environmental change. The job will involve extensive travel in Latin America and / or Africa. You must be fluent in English and French and/or Spanish.

Joining a small team, your work will involve a wide variety of tasks, not all related to film production. You need to be flexible and open to challenges.

LifeMosaic (www.lifemosaic.net) produces and co-ordinates the distribution of educational resources for indigenous peoples. Resources are primarily based on community testimonies; they present complex issues in an accessible and engaging way; and support indigenous peoples right to free, prior and informed consent.

LifeMosaic facilitates partner-led dissemination across wide networks to reach thousands of communities. We train practitioners and partners to use our resources in their movement-building work, and increase their capacity to facilitate communities to raise their critical awareness, and organise to protect their lands, cultures and forests.

Application process
Please e-mail your completed application and a recent CV to job@lifemosaic.net with the subject line ‘Your Name - Filmmaker’. Application deadline is 16th August 2013.

Full Job Description & Background

Work to include:
Planning, filming and editing resources focusing on indigenous peoples and local communities land rights; working collaboratively with organisations and networks active in this field.
Taking an active role in research and logistics for land rights films.
Planning and carrying out local and international filming trips.
Working collaboratively with the team on all aspects of post-production (also including multi-language dubbing, subtitling and authoring).
Planning and preparing international dissemination opportunities.
Evaluating impacts of dissemination and feeding lessons learnt back to indigenous peoples and NGO networks.

Essential experience and skills
Commitment to LifeMosaic’s work and values.
Commitment to positive environmental and social change and / or to indigenous peoples rights.
Experience of working directly with indigenous and / or local communities.
Long standing work experience in Latin America and / or Africa.
Ability to work in a variety of settings, from grass-roots to international.
A deep understanding and appreciation that communities should be primary agents of change in transforming their own realities.
Minimum 5-year experience.
Proven proficiency in all areas of filmmaking (including use of Final Cut Pro).
Proven research, writing, networking and communication skills in English, and French and/or Spanish.
Able to travel extensively at times (out of hours work may be required).
Able to work with a long-distance team, and also resourceful and able to work independently.
Highly organised and efficient, and able to work to tight production schedules.
Good analytical and problem solving skills.
Education: relevant Masters level qualification or equivalent experience.

Desirable skills and experience
Excellent knowledge of indigenous peoples rights and land rights.
A deep understanding and appreciation of popular education.
Experience producing popular education films and/or other tools.
Extensive civil society / land rights networks in Latin America or Africa
Good facilitation skills.
Experience accessing archive footage and music.
Experience in raising funds for filmmaking.
Graphic design skills.
Dubbing, subtitling and voiceover recording.
DVD authoring skills.
Computer and social networking skills.

Background to LifeMosaic’s Land Rights project
Between 2000 and 2010, an estimated 200 million hectares of large-scale land deals were concluded by corporations and governments across Africa, Asia and Latin America. These deals were driven by increasing global demand, mainly for food, biofuels, and minerals. Many of them occurred on the territories of indigenous peoples. If demand continues to rise on present trends, global resource extraction will triple by 2050.

This land rush is leading to: the squeezing of rural livelihoods and the loss of food security as communities are displaced from or lose access to resources and ecosystem services; increasing conflict, violence and human rights violations; disproportionate negative impacts on the poorest populations, and especially on women; large-scale conversion of natural ecosystems, with the destruction of forests resulting in high emissions of greenhouse gases.

Many indigenous peoples and local communities across the tropics have no tenure rights, or their existing rights are not respected. Movements for change are also held back because communities lack access to critical information to help think through complex issues around land, which contributes to limiting community participation in decision-making. Local movement-builders also often lack basic tools and information to support their work.

In 2013-15 LifeMosaic will produce and widely distribute a set of land rights films for indigenous peoples and rural communities in the tropics. These films will help to strengthen movements for the recognition of land rights by: informing community debates, organisation and planning; lowering barriers to community participation in decision-making around tenurial rights; and building the capacity of local leaders and facilitators to strengthen grass-roots movements – by providing them with tools for critical education; and ‘good-news’ stories about the benefits of secure rights in land.

Please answer all questions in English


Work Experience:
Please describe your experience of working with indigenous peoples and/or local communities in Africa and/or Latin America. If applicable please describe your specific experience on land rights and your networks in these regions. (Max 200 words)

Film portfolio
Please share a show-reel with maximum 4 relevant titles of your work and include at least 1 each where your role was camerawork and editor. Please include the film titles, url link (or alternatively send a DVD show-reel to our office address), your role in the films, a short description of each, the aim of the films and intended audiences, and the outcomes of the films. (Max 300 words).

Technical filmmaking competency
Please give a short description of your film-making competency, including equipment and software use, in the following: research, interview skills, filming, editing, directing. (max 150 words)

Organisational skills
Please describe your experience with budget management, production and logistics, and seeking and reporting on funds. (max 100 words)  

Other Experience in Social and Environmental Change
Please describe your experience in positive environmental and social change, and popular education. (max 100)

What is your present / most recent employment / project? (max 50 words)

What are your reasons for applying to this job? (max 100 words)

Relevant education and training:

Languages and proficiency:

Past salary history:

Please provide us with contact details for 2 referees:

When would you be available to start working in this post?

If selected, are you available for interview on 27th August 2013?

Please e-mail your completed application and a recent CV with the subject line ‘Your Name - Filmmaker’ to job@lifemosaic.net

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Director of Age of Stupid to make movie about Police Spies

Franny Armstrong, the Director of Mclibel and Age of Stupid is setting her camera sights on Police Spies now.

She said recently
'You can see how angry I am about all this... And therefore may not be surprised to hear that Lizzie and I are hoping to put these stories onto film... tho film not of the documentary persuasion... Watch this space....'

She wrote to her followers;
You've probably heard the horrifying stories in the Guardian this week about the police spies who infiltrated every kind of protest group over the last 50 years. Our great friend Helen Steel - she the star of our McLibel documentary - has very bravely come forward to say publicly what her friends have known for many years: that the boyfriend, John "Barker", who she lived with and passionately loved for two years back in the early 90s, was in fact police spy John Dines, who was cynically using her to get information on the campaigns she and her fellow protestors were involved with. John had been trained to reflect her dreams back at her, making her feel that she'd found her ideal man, so she would fall ever more deeply in love and reveal more and more information he could pass back to his superiors: they even discussed and planned their future, with him pretending to share her dream of living together on a smallholding, raising their children... So when John suddenly disappeared, Helen was understandably beside herself with worry, not knowing whether he was alive or dead - and she then spent the next 18 years searching for him as far afield as New Zealand, when in fact he was working a desk job back at the Met, with his long hair cut off, just a few miles from the home they had shared. (See Helen's interview on Channel 4's Dispatches here.)

If you've seen our McLibel film (if not, watch here), you'll know that Helen and her co-defendant Dave Morris were also spied on by seven McDonald's spies, making her undoubtedly one of the most spied-upon people in history. It is also now publicly known that police spy Bob Lambert - who fathered and then abandoned a child with his activist girlfriend and who, according to Caroline Lucas MP speaking under parliamentary privilege, was one of three ALF activists responsible for a firebombing campaign of department stores - was also one of the people who wrote the McLibel leaflet over which Helen and Dave were sued! So now McDonald's know who actually wrote the leaflet - it was always known that it wasn't Helen and Dave - I trust they will be seeking damages and a retrial of McLibel with Bob Lambert MBE (oh yeah, he was awarded an MBE for "services to police work") as defendant. Count me in to make a documentary about that trial... Somehow I doubt it, though, as the police and McDonald's were, surprise surprise, working closely together - after McLibel, the police admitted handing Helen and Dave's personal information to McDonald's during the trial, awarded them a cash settlement and agreed  "to remind their officers of their responsibility not to disclose information on the Police National Computer to a third party".

Helen and seven other women who unwittingly had relationships with the spies -  one of whom said "it's like being raped by the state" - have launched a legal action against the police. Their statement is here and they are appealing for donations here. It is hard to think of any campaign more worthy of helping, so please give your credit card an outing on their behalf - and then go to this page where the women list all sorts of other ways you can help. 

Here's a thought: if the suffragettes had been targeted by these kind of police tactics, would their campaign have ultimately succeeded or would women today still not have the vote?  And so what kind of world would we be living in now, if the state had not deliberately damaged these movements for social change over the last half century? Would the economy have collapsed? Would the climate be on the brink of catastrophe?

Please help the women fight back.

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