Elephant conservation and indigenous experiences in Cambodia: Shaping environmental awareness through participatory filmmaking with young people


This project uses participatory filmmaking to engage young people in the legacies of conflict, post-conflict challenges and the harms inflicted on the environment. In particular, it focuses on elephant conservation and challenges facing indigenous communities in the Mondolkiri province of Cambodia. It encourages young people to become agents and beneficiaries of change and supports them in the creation of films which explore and can amplify awareness of conservation and livelihoods in indigenous communities.

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With the support of Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project involves a collaboration between the University of Bath, Queen’s University Belfast, The University of Leeds, Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, and Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment (ELIE). Through the recruitment of twelve young people who has been trained in co-productive and participatory filmmaking methods for twelve months, as a result, they have delivered three documentary films highlighting exemplary elephant conservation practice, environmental and cultural resources of people in indigenous communities in Mondulkiri province.

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Film screenings will be held in indigenous communities, for conservation practitioners, at international film festivals, and through social media. In addition to encouraging engagement with conservation issues, it will thereby build a new generation of filmmakers in Cambodia.

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Funded by:

AHRC2          GCRF New

In collaboration with:

BATH          Leeds          Print          Basic CMYK