“The Pacific counts” -Chicas Poderosas Quibdo, Colombia
How Chicas Poderosas has managed to replicate, even in remote areas to big cities? We have recent experience of Chicas Poderosas Colombia .
After being in Bogota, this year’s chapter Chicas Poderosas Colombia moved to regions destined to the Colombian Pacific. During the 26, 27 and 28th of May a team of nine powerful boys & girls, traveled to Villa Spain, northern area Quibdo, Choco to work with women and youth belonging to the group Ajodeniu – Displaced Youth Association. Since 2002 this organization has worked in the defense of the interests and rights of young people, adolescents, children and displaced girls Choco, Riosucio, Bojayá and Urabá in Colombia from processes of artistic and sports training.
We chose the phrase The Pacific Counts because the stories of this region of Colombia are relevant to the country context, memory and history but also because we have situations that are rarely shown in mainstream media.
The day began with a joint exploration and brainstorming story. The clear answer of young people told us that the most important issues were primarily Villa Spain displacement, gender, armed conflict and environmental concern. From a series of lectures and workshops led by mentors from Chicas Poderosas, we worked in the treatment of image, sound and text as ways to explore the story and its catharsis.
With the opportunity to work together with the community of Villa Spain, journalists, designers and photographers opened again a space to share knowledge and promote creativity to make the magic happen. And we say Magic because as we made our planned teamwork and we went out to do a little exercise with neighbours whom in which reports was clear that even if you are in the middle of the jungle with few technological conditions, it is possible to love this project both for its meaning and for those involved. Young people who attended knew other ways, not just telling stories – our goal initially – but also a new way to meet their reality and bring them out of this internal conflict that overwhelms reality in Colombia .
This time the team who accompanied us was made of the mentors Laura Cadena, photographer documentary film and photography school Zona5, specializing in art direction for film and television; Eliana Cow graphic designer with an emphasis on cultural mediation; Eduardo Briceno Podcasts project coordinator at the Silla Vazia and winner Simon Bolivar Journalism Award in Category Jóven 2013; Lia Valero Chicas Poderosas Colombia ambassador and journalist Routes’ Conflict; Maria Paula Martinez Chicas Poderosas ambassador Colombia, creator of mediosencolombia.com and NPR intern in 2015; Juan Camilo Chaves magazine editor and winner of the first Cerosetenta reporting Award in Spanish RFI for his report “Natalia Ponce de Leon, the face of a thousand” attacks on women with chemical agents in Colombia; Mayra Baez Chicas Poderosas ambassador Colombia and Social Media Editor and senior Engager AJ AJ + Spanish + and Al Jazeera; Alejandro Gómez Dugand CeroSetenta director of the magazine of the University of the Andes.
Want to know more about Ajodeniu audiovisual works? Stop by here:
The blows of life – 2013: A collaborative creation between the Association of Displaced New Image Youth Union – AJODENIU (Quibdo – Chocó) and Pasolini in Medellin – PEM.