The film ‘A call for arms: Community security and arms control in Darfur’, produced by Xchange Perspectives (XcP) for BICC, sheds light on the traditional-leader led approach to control arms, outlining different aspects of the initiative and how it benefits the people of Darfur.
In recent years, arts-based approaches to conflict transformation have gained increased attention and prominence from a range of disciplines. There is an ever increasing number of individuals and civil society organisations utilising the arts for the positive transformation of societal conflicts. Since 2005, Xchange Perspectives has been active in South Sudan, working at the nexus of arts, culture and peacebuilding.
Peace as a state of being transfuses all levels of life from the social and the political, to the ethical and the spiritual. The interconnectedness of all these realms is essential to identify and grasp, as acting on one level influences and shapes all others. And where does peace start? It starts from the heart, as Lost Boy, a musician supported by Xchange Perspectives sings.
‘A Tribe Called Peace’ sprang out of the need to find durable and peaceful solutions to the issue of tribalism in Southern Sudan. A 20-artist (approx. 10 male, 10 female) band (singers, musicians and dancers), representing many of the diverse tribes in Southern Sudan will tackle this issue in their productions, outlying non-violent sustainable solutions.
"A radio station that improves the standard of living and passes crucial information to the people of Magwi." Initiated and implemented by Xchange Perspectives for DED, the Rural Youth Voices Project Magwi supports people to share their views through music, radio, and print productions. Radio Magwi FM 92.5 builds channels of dialogue for exchanging knowledge and visions, an essential pillar of peace.
"Let's participate actively with all our hearts. Life is more important than anything else. And life can only be in unity", Johnsonic sings for the whole Sudan to vote peacefully. This music video, produced by Xchange Perspectives for mict, brings in simple words what the elections meant to the people of Southern Sudan: Having their voices heard.
A community’s quest for justice. Oil companie's pursuit of benefit. A region in the heart of Africa and the human cost of living in it. Oil and conflict in the Niger Delta are strongly interconnected. The story takes us from 1999, the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa and others, and the massacre of citizens in Odi in Bayesala, in which 2.500 civilians were killed and typifies the oppression in the region, to today. Nigeria’s oil reserves are at the heart of this conflict.
"I dream of being a doctor", Diana says with a smile. Many children share this same dream, many however have to struggle as much as she does to make their dreams come true. This documentary film reflects one day in the life of a 13 year-old Sudanese school girl, Diana, who stands exemplary for many others. Produced by Xchange Perspectives for EED and SEZ, the film brings us closer to understanding the hopes of thousands of girls in Sudan.
Dedicated to spreading the voices of the Sudanese from both the North and the South, 'sudan votes', a project by mict, trains journalists and publishes their views about all events occurring inside Sudan. Xchange Perspectives has advised 'sudan votes' and linked up potential journalists and singers initially trained by XCP to join 'sudan votes', which has become a primary source of reliable information made in Sudan.
The referendum clock is ticking - for the people of Sudan a critical CPA benchmark is fast approaching. We hope that this will be an all inclusive process focusing on conceptualizing leadership as a means to foster ideas of consultative decision-making, cooperation, transformation and peace in the context of diversity. It is only through an integrative use of power that all parties can move forward towards a future of peace in Sudan.