- Plan your screening – select a date, time, and venue most convenient and central for all involved. Get the right equipment (if a large group then will need a projector and a hall, or if a small gathering, a laptop or big screen computer display) and advertise this as much as possible. Make sure you test the films on the equipment so that you can fix any problems before screening.
- Mobilise your audience– encourage, recruit and gather a group together: “the more the merrier".
- Select films relevant to your audience– topics and themes that are important to your community or that are a reality for you. This helps to make the screening relevant to YOUR reality.
- Introduce and play the film– read the synopsis so people know what they are watching and WHY: explain what rights or themes this film intends to cover.
- Facilitate a conversation and create a discussion afterwards– encourage participation by getting them to talk about what they have seen, how it influenced them and ask questions about how to deal or change this issue. Important to link these issues and themes back to your local context: how does this issue play out in your community?
Avoid being judgmental.
- Encourage the audience to take some action. Try to end the screening with the following question: “What can you do to prevent this from happening again?”
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