Filmmaking as a tool for social change

Abigail Disney on filmmaking as a means to effect social change.

Information is powerful.

This is what Abigail Disney told Devex reporting fellow Jeff Tyson in this video interview.

The filmmaker and scholar added that information through storytelling can be “a means for moving people to new ways of acting and thinking about the world.”

Disney, who is also co-founder and co-president of New York-based nonprofit Daphne Foundation, said that spurring change can be easier with technology. Unlike almost 10 years ago, one can now crowdsource footage of “pretty much” anything she said, adding: “That’s a very big deal.”

“If we get more citizen filmmaking, we might find a different kind of citizen,” she said.

Watch the clip above to know what attributes aspiring filmmakers can develop and what democratizing filmmaking can do to alter the destinies of their communities.

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About the author

  • Jacques Jimeno

    Jacques is a former copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

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