Rana Labs Video Production Workshops 4-6 2017

Septermber, 2017


The AgriJoven project in Guatemala is developing an entirely new approach for youth in the agricultural sector to share knowledge, increase participation and utilize new technology in exciting ways. Each month, the team from Mercy Corps identifies groups of 30 youth at a time to participate in two-day workshops to learn about mobile filmmaking and new agricultural technologies. We are often asked: “what does mobile filmmaking have to do with agriculture?” Quite simply, it is a resource we use with the AgriJoven project to deliver new information on agricultural technologies, such as new types of irrigation systems, and it gives us the ability to share what the youth have learned with a wider audience.


With each workshop, the Rana Labs team sets out on a fast-paced two-day course on video production using mobile devices. The youth learn about storyboarding, framing an interview, filming b-roll, editing, and sharing their story online—all while using low-cost Android-based phones and accessories. Additionally, with assistance from Mercy Corps, we include technical experts to define the content of the videos to be produced. For example: in June, youth from Acúl in Quiché learned about different types of irrigation systems, preventive measures to reduce contamination of water sources, and water sources for agricultural production. In July we traveled to San Antonio Huista in Huehuetenango on the border with Mexico to learn about the use of biological products to help combat coffee leaf rust. Youth recorded videos about their reactions to a new product and how it was a better overall solution as compared with traditional chemical products. In August, youth from Chiantla, Huehuetenango learned about certified seeds in potato farming and how it benefits the production of their crops.


To date, Rana Labs has completed seven mobile filmmaking workshops with youth throughout the Western Highlands. At the end of each workshop, our team is left with one powerful realization that is true no matter where we go: youth in the agricultural sector are excited about learning new ways to improve their crops so they can be more competitive—and they want to share what they have learned. The use of video is an exciting way for them to learn and offers a platform for them to continue to produce new videos with their peers from around the region. Our goal is to inspire a new generation of storytellers by using mobile filmmaking as a transformational tool for extension. We look forward to seeing new content produced by each of the participants in the months ahead! 


To watch the videos produced by the youth, please visit the following links:

1. Irrigation systems  https://youtu.be/4euyeBYK0r4

2. Water contamination https://youtu.be/dDSrtypokdA

3. Water sources https://youtu.be/38MUZOBEHz8

4. Coffee rust https://youtu.be/xdzPpIBJPoE

5. Integrated Pest Management https://youtu.be/Kk-8P6NBZYQ

6. Integrated Pest Management in Coffee Rust https://youtu.be/nGtNWrh1JEQ

7. Certified Potato Seeds https://youtu.be/v9sRMLd73eg

8. Certified Potato Seeds @papais Taller agosto 2017 - GRUPO 5 - YouTube

9. Importance of Certified Potato Seeds https://youtu.be/95LozBRNrQ8


To see a play list of all nine videos of the workshops from June to August 2017, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDLkysdU1ReKYwCAF8USCxlE129aV2dVB