Cooke, Adeline. 2019. We were wives, mothers, daughters : participatory filmmaking for peace building by indigenous Papuan women
This thesis focuses on the way that participatory videos (PV) can be adapted and used by grassroots communities to have their voices in peacebuilding heard. This thesis is part of the greater We Were Wives, Mothers, Daughters project that was started during the research and has continued. Cooke focuses on the ways that indigenous Papuan communities, in particular women, are largely kept out of the discussions and policies centred around Papua’s freedom and peace-building techniques. Cooke then looks at how film techniques (PV in particular) can be used for those women to exercise their own power, focusing on the way this allows a platform for tribal knowledge and fills in the need for expensive equipment or formal higher education. It shows the various aesthetics, methods and equipment that may allow one to engage despite lack of access. In particular, Cooke’s focus on the way PV can be adapted even further for those with this lack of access.