The Global Video Project was initiated in 2013 by the Swiss based aid organization EcoSolidar. 70 students from three schools in Cambodia, Peru and Switzerland exchanged their ideas on the topic of “water” through the production of short films and the exchange and discussion of these short films. The topic “water” is important to all of them and through the discussion the different meanings of water became visible. The students worked out the stories in groups, exchanged the finished short films and discussed the films of their partner groups. In a following step each student or group was filmed while giving a feedback on the other films they had seen.
This started a reflection process on their own lives, but also invited the participants to renew their view on foreign life situations. The result is a dialogue at eye level between students aged 12 to 16 from different origins about topics that are very important to them. The film material provides the basis for further discussions: at schools, in communities and neighborhoods, on YouTube and on Facebook. With this in mind, the short films were publicly screened in December 2013 in the cultural center Rote Fabrik in Zürich. Public screenings were also organized in Cambodia and Peru. A DVD with all the short films from the Global Water Project can be ordered via EcoSolidar and the short films can be watched on YouTube.