Our Freire and hooks readings made me return, again, to the idea that media is a powerful tool in dehumanization and that, on the flip side of that, alternative media has tremendous power in re-humanization. Primarily, following from Freire’s point that the oppressed are the ones able to understand the terrible significance of an oppressive society (p. 45), I believe that narratives and media projects that come out of these experiences of oppression are the most valuable and have a great potential at humanizing their lived experiences. Narratives crafted by people who experience oppression is a powerful tool in re-humanization in the eyes of their audience, but also in the process of the oppressed in liberation.

An example of this could be the “When I See Them I See Us” video campaign that I talked about in my presentation.

Another example is the movie “5 Broken Cameras,” which I highly recommend watching. Emad Burnat, a Palestinian farmer, captures his own life beginning with the birth of his son and including the protests of Palestinian activists in Bil’in in the West Bank. The movie shows the experience of living under, and resisting, occupation. It functions, for people who choose to remain neutral on the issue of Palestinian liberation, as a way of showing the real human experiences implicated in the occupation. This – the putting forth of the oppressed own narrative, a testimony of their lived experiences of oppression – functions as a humanization tool for both audience and creator.

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