Lorenzo Moreno Pajarito
Co-directora y productora
Isabel Monarca Cruz
Consultora de producción
Rubén Darío Salinas
Productora de Impacto
Víctor González Rosas
Víctor González Rosas
A checklist for ethical film-making with communities:
- Open the process for selecting who and why could benefit the most from a VR film.
- Be ready to build an honest and caring relationship with the people you want to create the film with.
- Spend enough time - or partner with someone who has been - building trust and local understanding of the community you’re engaging with.
- Ensure all your participants relate to the medium (VR) before anything.
- Prime individual and collective dignity over camera angles or storylines.
- Decentralize cinematographic decisions to collectively design the experience.
- Share know-how on using the film-making equipment so local communities can actively participate in production.
- In production, plan carefully and leave room for serendipity. It’s part of listening.
- De-colonize narratives by engaging with local artistic expressions, languages and landscape’s sounds of the communities sharing their story.
- Pay attention to the stories often concealed by intersections of age, gender, and social status.
- Take care of the viewer. Be up front about the purpose of inviting someone into the virtual reality experience.
- Define ownership rights for each actor involved and sign on them.
- Include translators in the process of obtaining image-waivers and negotiating the copyright structure.
- Thoughtfully think how any potential dividends reflect the ethics of your film.
- Prioritize congruence over funding. Ask the story-tellers who should be involved and under what conditions.
- Spend enough time and care in crediting each participant.
- Collectively agree on the “terms and conditions” to present and reproduce the film.
- The launching and distribution strategy must be co-created with all actors involved in the film.
- Learn and adopt the community's ways of socializing, respecting the times and places for it.
- Establish a code for communication by using interpreters to share in their own language, and harnessing non-verbal communication.
- Learn which care practices are relevant for the community and make them always present during your time on location. Advocate for mutual care.
- Measure your questions. It is exhausting for communities to explain and guide you through the story you want to find, or understand.
- Reflect on your positionality all the time: What power do I have in this situation? How am I using -or shifting- that power?
- Be ready and open for conflict, it is part of building collectively.
- Find partners who are aligned with the values and principles of the project.
- De-link stories from money-making dynamics.
- There should be ethical dilemmas: it’s a good indicator of shaking power structures.
Un sueño ancestral Rarámuri sobre el cuidado de la Madre Tierra