The HCLU organised a video training in May 2012 to teach 14 harm reduction and drug policy activists how to use video in activism. Now we have selected some of the movies they have made.
When we prepared for our largest training to date, we had one serious concern: What if we do our best, teach the trainees how they can film, edit and distribute movies, even give them cameras, but at the end they don't use these skills? I have to say we were relieved and happy, when new movies made by the 2012 HCLU VAT trainees started to come in. Many of these are only in Russian or other foreign languages, but still we decided to show them.
There are many works still in progress. Paata Sabelashvili, Programmes Manager at Georgian Harm Reduction Network is working on Hep C and Overdose campaigns. Yuliya Georgieva, from the Bulgarian Initiative for Health Foundation (watch our movie about them, entitled "Life saving pioneer work in Bulgaria" here) is working on Bulgarian drug policy issues, and Jovana Arsenijevic, Executive Director of the Serbian Re Generation, which works mainly with young drug and alcohol users, is still working on several movies, that we are very much looking forward to seeing! When we get more movies to come, we will publish them here on our website!
István Gábor Takács
Video Advocacy Program Director