Video captured by citizens and activists can be instrumental in drawing attention to human rights abuses, calling for investigations and advocating for change. But many filmers want their videos to do more: they want their footage to expose abuse and help bring about justice. However,...

“Capturing Hate” is a new report from the WITNESS Media Lab which collected and analyzed eyewitness videos of transphobic violence, primarily viewed for entertainment purposes, in order to illustrate the extent of hate and violence faced by the LGBTQ community in the United States. The data, and the...

Digital Single Lens Reflex or DSLR cameras have become a weapon of choice for video activists who want to capture high-quality images. Geared towards activists, this training video will help beginner DSLR video-makers to improve their camera skills through a better understanding of shutter speed....

This simple infographic provides guidance on documenting protests and outlines the roles and responsibilities for team members. Download as an image file (.png) for easier sharing on mobile devices. This guide was created based on our partners’ experiences filming protests during the 2014 World Cup in...

This set of Video as Evidence mini guides contains quick tips and thorough checklists to help activists and first responders working in the field. For online viewing or printing double-sided, half or quarter sheets. (Download) For standard 8.5 x 11, single-sided printing. (Download) The Video as...

This is an example of an informed consent form that has been used in a variety or WITNESS and partner productions. Modify the form to best fit your needs. You can see additional examples here. Remember that the process for capturing informed goes beyond filling...

Archiving video is an essential but often overlooked component of video advocacy. Learn about best practices for organizing, storing, preserving, and sharing your footage. This is the PDF version of our online guide: archiving.witness.org. The guide is also available in: Arabic | Spanish | Portuguese  

The “Ethical Guidelines: Using Eyewitness Videos in Human Rights Reporting and Advocacy” section of the Video as Evidence Field Guide presents ethical considerations for journalists, activists, archivists and others who utilize eyewitness footage in investigations, reports and human rights documentation. Visit the WITNESS Media Lab for more information about...

This section of the Video as Evidence Field Guide proves a broad overview of the main objectives, key audiences  and contents of  the Guide. The Field Guide provides basic and advance practices activists can use to strengthen the chances that their footage can serve as evidence. It is...

The Forced Evictions Advocacy Toolkit is a compilation of PDF and video resources for activists, social movements and communities fighting evictions. From outlining the obligations of governments to sharing videos that help foster debate and inspire mobilization, the Toolkit provides critical resources to support the...

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