Sør i fokus lanserer manifest

Sør i fokus lanserer manifest

«We live in a world with structural global injustice and unsustainable development. This needs to change!»

Dette er starten på Sør i fokus sitt rykende ferske manifest. Manifestet beskriver hvordan film kan brukes for å skape endring og hvordan «filmmakers» har et spesielt ansvar for å også være «changemakers».  Her er manifestet i sin helhet:



We live in a world with structural global injustice and unsustainable development. This needs to change! Sør i fokus’ first goal is to contribute to a more just and sustainable world through the use of film and photography as mediums to spread knowledge, awareness and engagement. Our second goal is to change the stereotypes and victimising of people from the ‘Global South’* by sharing honest and strong stories.

Change the system – Global sustainability and justice is possible!
Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. – Nelson Mandela

One example of a global structural injustice is climate change, as poor people living in developing countries are the ones hardest hit, while at the same time these people have contributed the least to climate change and have the fewest resources available to tackle the problems it creates and to influence the international debate and decisions on battling climate change. This is one example of structural injustice partly imposed by the Global North on the Global South. Another example of global injustice is the low wage and killing working condition of people in for example Bangladesh making our cloths. However, we do not see these global links clearly in our day-to-day life. We never meet the tailor who cannot afford to send her children to school because of lack of living wage, or the farmer that loses his harvest due to global climate change mainly cause by us in the western world. It is one of the biggest challenges of today that the globalization of the economy has come so far, while the geographical and emotional distance is still too big for us to react in solidarity!

It is here that the filmmaker has an enormously important role and responsibility; to serve as a bridge in this solidarity- and knowledge gap. Film is a strong medium that can spread information, awaken feelings and provide important knowledge and perspectives of the world. We believe that strong, good, well-produced films can contribute to important social and political change by spreading knowledge and bringing the Global South and the Global North closer together!

No stereotypes – no victimising or ‘otherness’!
Hunger and poverty is ugly, and it calls for action. However, we need to create engagement built on knowledge, not stereotypes. – SAIH, makers of the Radi-Aid film

Our films will not victimise! Too often the media today is victimising people from the Global South and making them into ‘The Other’ by portraying starving people that do not take action and seem to not take responsibility for their own life. This ‘otherness’ is dangerous as it creates prejudice and barriers to cross-cultural dialogue. It is unjust to the people portrayed and creates apathy instead of action in the audience. We as filmmakers need to challenge the attributes we associate with the Global South, and stop portraying artificial characteristics to not infuse a bias in our attitudes towards the Global South. Sør i fokus will not pity ‘The Others’, but rather portray people as our equals!


- Written by Julia Dahr, leader of Sør i fokus

*‘Global South’ is a collective word representing ‘developing countries’ in Africa, Asia and Central and Latin America.


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