Why We Produce Human-Centered Stories through Video

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By Leanghort SOK

Video Producer
Development Innovations

Over the last year with Development Innovations (DI), I have produced 20 short videos and hundreds of photos that have reached an audience of over 100,000. These videos have mostly featured human-centered stories because I think they are much more powerful and are able to give in-depth information about a person’s life.

Among the videos I have produced with DI, the one that I love most is the story about Sophea Phon, a teacher and her students in the remote north-eastern Cambodia, where many indigenous groups live.

Sophea, who is a member of one of these indigenous groups herself, said she was one of​ the only few of the Phnorng ethnicity who had graduated from secondary school and later furthered her studies to become a teacher. She observed that many children in her community, don’t go to school. Sophea thinks that the main issue is from the parents who do not motivate their kids to attend the schools, as well as the children do not want to go to school on their owns.

Sophea’s committment to ensure her community would be better educated inspired me greatly and it was this story that I wanted to share with others.To increase school attendance in her community, Sophea met with parents and explained to them the value of their children’s education, also she demonstrated a reading app on a tablet supported by a local non-govenmental organization, to attract students to go to school.

And it turned out that many other people, like me, were inspired by Sophea’s story. This vídeo about Sophea and her efforts to promote education was liked and shared many times on social media. As a producer, this was great since my goal for this vídeo was to to see all the stakeholders to continue to support any tech tools that can help remote communities attend school and improve their opportunities.

Below are a selection of Development Innovations’ human-centered stories that have been told on video.  Their topics range from the monkhood, to girls in tech, education in rural settings, and young Cambodian writers, all of whom used the ICT solutions to tackle their challenges. Learn about how they defined their problems and the solutions they designed.

Learning in Their Language: Phon Sophea, a teacher in north eastern Cambodia, uses a digital library to improve access to educational materials for ethnic minority students in her community.

Using Tech to Tell Stories: Venerable Ken Horn, one of DI’s basic video trainees, created a page to educate people through the videos he produces.

Digital Stories Engage New Audiences: Svay Leemeng was an author of five published books when he joined us in our basic video training in 2016. After the course, he digitized his storytelling skills to better convey his messages.

Small Girl Big Dream: Soucheng is a member of the Technovation global finalist team from Cambodia. Want to hear more about her experience in this tech and entrepreneurship-focused competition?

The Young Reader: A Story of an Eight Year Old Girl: Thida will tell you in this video how she taught herself to read, and how she benefitted from the TEST app.

It is clear to me why I love producing the videos than writing. I produce the visual content that can impact my audience at a large scale. Through video, one among the most powerful communication tools in Cambodia, we hope that the voices of the people we film will be revealed. In particular, I am hoping that the voices of girls and women will be valued.

I am continuing to push myself, perform better, and love my work because of the positive impact that these human-centered stories make. And I look forward to telling more of these stories in the future.