Visual Interventions: Film, Ethnography and Social Change

  • Lajos Varhegyi
  • Richard Ndunguru
  • Søren Sønderstrup
  • Anders Høg Hansen
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change book series (PSCSC)


In this chapter we address strategies in a collaborative film production project involving residents in three communities near Dar es Salaam, as well as students and teachers at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Malmö University in Sweden. The purpose of the project was to create films about contemporary social themes and people in selected communities, and to explore ‘theatre for development’-inspired film productions as means of stimulating debates among local residents and stakeholders. The project was an experiment in ‘cultural brokering’ where particular forms of mediation and contact among young filmmakers, residents and teachers were intentionally sought to produce new envisioning of ideas and action, late in the project termed ‘imaginative leeways’ (by Sønderstrup 2011).


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The Films

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lajos Varhegyi
    • 1
  • Richard Ndunguru
    • 2
  • Søren Sønderstrup
    • 1
  • Anders Høg Hansen
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Arts and CommunicationMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden
  2. 2.Department of Creative ArtsUniversity of Dar es SalaamDar es SalaamTanzania

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