Forest Mountain Voices

Forest Mountain Voices

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John Ahni Schertow
December 27, 2008
 
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This is a series of short films produced by Forest Mountain Voices (FMV), an indigenous community media project based in Ratanakiri, Cambodia.

Staffed entirely by youth from the Tampeun, Jarai, and Kreung indigenous peoples, FMV is a grassroots project that aims to challenge the dominant model of information sharing in Cambodia — one where indigenous voices are excluded — by promoting media made by indigenous communities or supporting organizations “for the purpose of community-to-community communication and community voice to outsiders.”

The project is also a way of “overcoming barriers imposed by high levels of illiteracy, difficult travel conditions and widespread poverty (not to mention the inability of mass media to cater for many peoples).”

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