In the blog ALTERNATIVE Personal you can read interviews, opinions, experiences of the project from a more subjective point of view!
Filming was included as a central element for the research and dissemination of the ALTERNATIVE project, as well as an important instrument for further training and raising awareness on the use of restorative justice approaches for dealing with conflicts in intercultural settings. In particular:
• Participatory filming has been used for discovering and understanding the realities studied in each of the four research sites, but also for engaging with local community members in the realisation of the local films. In the ALTERNATIVE project, whenever possible participants in the action research and researchers both did the filming and the researcher(s) edited the footage in collaboration and dialogue with the participants. When participants did the filming, images better reflected their reality and this was of great value for researchers.
• Films serve for disseminating the findings of the ALTERNATIVE research project. They present what this project is about and how it has been implemented in practice to address local problems through restorative interventions. The films can be used during conferences, presentations, workshops and trainings, either at the national or European level.
• Films are meant to be instructive and educative tools for researchers, restorative justice practitioners, community workers, and anyone interested in conflict resolution in intercultural settings. Visual images have an additional value to the written text of the practitioners’ manual ‘Restorative Justice Responses to Conflicts in Intercultural Contexts: Practice Guidelines’, articles and research reports published during the project.2
• During the ALTERNATIVE project, filming was used as a ‘mirror’ of the existing tensions in the local communities and it became a ‘restorative tool’ to stimulate dialogue among community members. In this way, films became instruments for social change in the local communities researched.
Films can be watched from the ALTERNATIVE Films Online Platform
Most films have been created by the researchers working in the field, and not by professional filmmakers. Researchers attended two trainings at the KU Leuven Institute of Media and Learning (LIMEL) to learn the basic skills for filming, editing, directing and producing their local films.
The ALTERNATIVE Films Online Platform includes:
• the film produced by the project coordinators, the KU Leuven Institute of Criminology (KU LINC) in collaboration with the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) and the KU Leuven Institute of Media and Learning (LIMEL), Belgium;
• the films produced by the four partners conducting the action research in the fields (IRKS in Austria, Foresee in Hungary, VDS in Serbia, University of Ulster in Northern Ireland);
• interviews and extra materials collected during the ALTERNATIVE project;
• a ‘reading room’ including e-books and presentations produced during the ALTERNATIVE project;
• contact details and films to ‘get to know the teams’.
Get to know the team at NOVA (Norway)
Introduction of the IRKS team in Vienna
Short video presenting the members of the ALTERNATIVE team working in Leuven.
Who we are and what we do? – Introduction of the team of the Foresee Research Group, Hungary
Introduction of the VDS team in Belgrade