01 Jan - 2021

'Crash Documentation'

Coordinator | Volunteers Needed
Researchers | Volunteers Needed
Filmers | Volunteers Needed
Author | Nader Akoum + Anhal Kozhaya
Previous Contributors | Omar Bsat + Hala Hneini + Nader Akoum
“Crash Documentation” is an audiovisual documentation methodology developed by Studio Madane that aims to cater to today's fast-paced world. It encourages the use of everyday technology to document what is around us objectively and in real-time. Such reporting allows for newsworthy and up-to-date news to be accessible and to be covered in a short period of time. This project promotes a culture of independent media, proper documentation, and credible reporting.
'In The Dark' Methodology.pdf
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Credible Documentation & Production, Cultural Awareness, Access to Knowledge, Reduced Inequalities, and Innovation of Industry.
Project Narrative
It is evident that the Lebanese media is monopolized by political parties which maneuver the public opinion towards a sectarian narrative; hence, it clearly portrays the bias and the lack of media independence in Lebanon [Reporters without Borders]. For that reason, this project is crucial since it makes documentation a skill to be acquired by individuals, abides by the credibility of the reported reality, and maintains an integrate/objective release to the public; building on the fact that media in Lebanon never portrays accurate information nor it reports factual evidence [Dajani N. 2013]. To add, this project will tackle three major topics. The first will be addressing women and minorities, the second will revolve around the issue of transportation, and the third will discuss the concept of a pristine environment. The “Crash Documentation” project will occur every 3 weeks and it will be hosting some professional development sessions and workshops that are relevant to the topic at hand.
3-day Workshop
The Crash Documentation project takes place over three days. The first revolves around filming methods: it is a fast filming day via cell-phones or any other digital device. After that, a compilation process will take place. On day two, an examination of the compilation and sequencing takes place. Day three is dedicated to editing footage prior to publication. `
'In the Dark'
'Crash Documentation' was tested for the first time in collaboration with The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedoms in the short video 'In the Dark'. In Karantina, residents' political affiliation is meager. Bourj Hammoud's residents, on the other hand, are more politically charged and are unable to let go of their prejudices and affiliations. This manufactured major complexities in the area where the residents are censoring themselves in the favor of existent political parties to avoid any kind of collision, since they are afraid that it may have repercussions on their businesses. The way that the media portrays the area has been consistent and minimal throughout the years. This makes us doubt how much light is actually being shed on the radius, and whether the public is aware of its strengths and shortcomings. Do people realize just how different citizens of Karantina are to those in Bourj Hammoud? Do they know to what extent freedom truly exists in these areas? In the reign of the state’s negligence and corruption, residents’ realities remain to be concealed and out of sight.