a six-week period the producers of MAQUILAPOLIS conducted a video workshop
in Tijuana, training a group of promotoras (community activists) to use
digital video cameras. The workshop covered filming techniques, sound recording,
and ways to tell a story using the documentary medium. Participants made
intimate video diaries and worked in teams to document their lives and their
stories. The final piece will incorporate footage recorded during the workshop,
giving the documentary subjects a voice in their own representation.
In addition, thanks to a grant from the Creative Work Fund, two cameras
remain with the Tijuana women's group Grupo Factor X, so that the promotoras
can continue recording their visions of Tijuana and their lives. The project
is seeking funding for an editing workshop to train the activists in the
use of a non-linear editing system, and for grass-roots distribution of
the film in Mexico and the U.S.