Staff Pick Dilemma

by Mario Mattei on July 18, 2011

During May and June, IGVP community members uploaded some great work. However we do have a dilemma. I've worked closely with all the staff on these decisions and especially close with one member, Joshua Smith, who has been volunteering lots of time and working closely with me in a variety of ways. He will be joining the staff officially as well, but more on that later...

Firstly, the Little Town of Bethlehem and Through the Eyes of Hope movie trailers nail our mission and vision for visual peacemaking. Both of these documentaries focus on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, but avoid the common demonizing of one side or the other. Both show Israelis and Palestinians working for the common good of their shared humanity through peaceful conflict resolution.  These documentaries take us beyond the surface, and remind us that we are talking about real people, real families, and real children.

As a staff we feel that both of these works need to be recognized, but we can't award them the staff pick award because they are only trailers; we want to award full works. However, because we understand they can't upload their feature length documentaries we do want to show you where you can buy them.

Little Town of Bethlehem

Through the Eyes of Hope

Our dilemma this month is that no other galleries or documentaries really meet the requirements for the Staff Pick Award. The Staff Pick Award is reserved to highlight exceptional work that is both well crafted and exemplifies the unique goals of visual peacemaking. See About Us & 10 How To's for Visual Peacemaking.

Kelvin Brown uploaded a powerful humanitarian story, The Road to Freedom; I encourage you to watch it. Good storytelling, executed very well through a multimedia slideshow. Yet, as a staff we still didn't feel that the story hit close enough to IGVP's unique mission to award it. There is hope in this story---Enza is helping abused women in South Africa. This is an important story that needs to be told, but does it uniquely exemplify visual peacemaking? 

We can discuss this as a community. Refer to the 10 How To's for Visual Peacemaking and leave your comments below.