Background on NMAP

I have now spent two weeks working with New Media Advocacy Project. NMAP is an organization of filmmakers and human rights specialists who are paid to create documentaries that raise awareness of human rights violations and/or act as instructional videos for those suffering from injustice. These videos are then given to NMAP’s clients and partners to be shown to the particular audience that the client, and film, had intended to reach. There are about 10 people in the organization, but their presence in the office varies weekly because there are people constantly traveling for “shoots”, many of which are international such as in Ghana, Nigeria, and the Congo.

I have been given two projects that fill most of my time. The first one is to go through the archive of NMAP’s videos (and let me tell you, there are a lot), and give them titles and descriptions so that NMAP can put them on their website and public accounts. This task allows me to learn about international and domestic human rights issues through watching the videos. I am constantly brought to tears by the stories of people who have suffered/are suffering devastation and injustice. The personal narrative is powerful. I also get to use my creative and concise writing skills to capture the goal of the film and the injustice done to the protagonists in about 100 words!

The other project I am working on is transcribing raw audio clips that were taken during shoots that will then be used in the documentaries. While this is a tedious job, listening to the dialogue between a chief and her/his community about ways to challenge the mining company that has destroyed their land and community is very fulfilling. Sometimes when I close my eyes it feels like I’m there.

This video is an overview of what they did in 2016:

 

 

This is an example of a documentary NMAP creates for its clients:

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Paloma takes Brooklyn

This blog entry is the first of many that will document my time interning in Brooklyn, NY with New Media Advocacy Project (NMAP). I have been in NY for a little under a week, and so far, so good. NMAP is a very small organization with an office space–more like room– that is smaller than the average CMC classroom. Their floor hosts 20 or so organizations that are all separated by glass walls. From what I’ve seen, the other organizations in the building are human rights or environment related–so great people and vibes overall! The office next to NMAP has two french bulldogs, and in moments of silence I can hear them snoring–pictures coming soon. Brooklyn is a wonderful and diverse borough. I am staying in an airbnb and have 1-5 roommates depending on the week. There is one girl who will also be here all Summer and then there are people who come and go. Because I am close to Pratt Institute the people I have met in the area are young artsy folk. So far I have attended a feminist art gallery, taken some film editing tutorials, and debated with a Pratt student over whether Matisse or Picasso had more influence on radical contemporary art of the 20th century (incited by my Picasso, and her Matisse, tattoo). When in Brooklyn…

Yesterday, NMAP asked me to attend a seminar in Manhattan that was about women and young girls and their relationship with technology. Once I write my summary of the discussion on NMAP’s blog I will make sure to share it on my blog. FullSizeRender