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Glocal Health Methods Festival 
Mike Poltorak (University of Kent)
Joe Spence (The University of Kent)
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Short Abstract:

A series of transformative documentary, ethnographic and participatory films that intervene in local and global health issues and pose vital methodological questions for research and action on health. See colour programme:

Long Abstract

The potential of film to inspire change is at the heart of many Global Health Film Festivals and initiatives such as the Global Health Film initiative (GHFi), a multi partner collaboration that includes the host of the conference, the LSHTM. Yet, ethnographic and documentary film's methodological contribution to multi-disciplinary research on health has yet to be realised. This curated festival will screen films that focus on vital health issues, integrate local and global concerns and creatively intersect with areas of medical anthropology. The responsibility of care and contribution, emergent from the ethnographic imperative will be central. We will present the transformative potential of interventionist, engaged and 'video as research' filmmaking and map new landscapes of symbiosis between filmmaking and medical anthropology. The panels will explore and interrogate the transformative and methodological potential of the curated films and include: attention, process/production and action. The value of collaboratively giving attention to an issue with the aim to produce something of local value has important co-creative, decolonising and transformative influence on 'video as research' methodologies. The production process of editing and feedback can extend the value of the film with key stake-holders and interest groups, thus increasing its transformative potential. The final film, as an audio visual gift, can open spaces for transformative communication, actions and impact.

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