FEATURED VIDEO: Talking to My Best Friend

They were born in the same year and city and became best friends. Living carefree lives, they attained their highest dreams - to be women. The two transgender women have risked everything, but in the end, no one can tell what the future holds.

Watch the film here: cinemata.org/view?m=cpuj1mu9O.

If you are a filmmaker, video journalist, or animator from Myanmar, EngageMedia invites you to submit a proposal for a short film on pressing digital rights issues currently happening in the country.

One chosen filmmaker will join a talented roster of Tech Tales fellows, and will receive between $4,000 to $5,000 (USD) to produce a 6- to 12-minute film on a digital rights topic of their choosing.

Read more here: engagemedia.org/2021/tech-tale.

NEW PODCAST EPISODE: To better understand the News Media Bargaining Code, EngageMedia and Reset Australia Executive Director Chris Cooper have a nuanced discussion on how it affects different sectors of society – and what precedents it will set in the Asia-Pacific region.

Watch the episode here: engagemedia.org/2021/pretty-go.

After a competitive selection process with over 100 entries, EngageMedia announces six selected filmmakers from the Asia-Pacific who will produce “Tech Tales”, a collection of films highlighting human rights stories in the digital age.

Read the full announcement here: engagemedia.org/2021/tech-tale.

FEATURED VIDEO: In Madhya Pradesh, India, a small municipality is home to an expansive wireless broadband network able to reach communities in spite of considerable geographical challenges. This is Guna, where a one-eyed man maintains the area's communication towers, and women climbing over walls to reach their computer classes.

"Wireless in Guna" is produced by Andrew Garton. Watch the film here: cinemata.org/view?m=EiGBh3RfK

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: As part of our research into the state of digital rights in Indonesia, EngageMedia research consultant Indri Saptaningrum highlights the work of PuanIndonesia, a self-funded website dedicated to capturing the stories of women in their struggle for rights and justice.

The article was originally published in Bahasa Indonesia in Konde.co, in time for celebrations for International Women’s Day last March.

Read more here: engagemedia.org/2021/puanindon.

FEATURED VIDEO: Mother Earth (Ibu Bumi)

“Bagus, a 20-year-old farmer who lives in the fertile area of the Kendeng Mountains, Central Java, is anxious about the environmental damage that has occurred in his residence. Together with his punk band called Kendeng Squad, Bagus voiced this anxiety.”

Watch the video here: cinemata.org/view?m=rxxbzqSAi.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In this edition of the EngageMedia newsletter, we highlight our new podcast episode on freedom of expression online, an upcoming event on digital labour in Indonesia, and a wrap-up of our first and recently concluded Impact Lab.

Read the newsletter in full: mailchi.mp/engagemedia/online-.

"Pekerja Di Balik Gemerlap Industri 4.0"
Sebuah diskusi kolaborasi EngageMedia dengan TURC dan ILO demi perjuangan pemenuhan hak bagi para pekerja digital. Bersama peneliti LIPI sebagai moderator
Detil acara: Jumat, 7 Mei 2021; 14.00-16.00 WIB
Pendaftaran: engagemedia.org/webinar/

“During the Lab, both participants and mentors emphasised the power of video and its potential to contribute to positive changes within affected communities. But beyond this, the Lab emphasised that bringing about change is not achieved just by producing a video.”

Read more about the highlights of the recently concluded first round of Impact Lab here: engagemedia.org/2021/impact-la.

A special edition of the EngageMedia newsletter is now out! In this edition, we announce the extension of the application deadline for the second round of the Video for Change Environmental Impact Lab.

View the newsletter in full here: mailchi.mp/engagemedia/impact-.

NEW PRETTY GOOD PODCAST EPISODE: EngageMedia sits down with Mong Palatino, Southeast Asia and Oceania editor of the community media website Global Voices, to talk about the threats to freedom of expression on the internet.

Watch it here: engagemedia.org/2021/pretty-go.

Together with Freedom Film Network and the Malaysian Food Security and Sovereignty Forum, the Cinemata video platform has curated a playlist of six films on seed saving and its connection to the farmers’ struggles in Southeast Asia, in commemoration of International Seed Day on April 26.

The full playlist will be available for viewing from April 23 to 26, 2021. Read more here: engagemedia.org/2021/cinemata-.

NEW FEATURED VIDEO: Fishermen from a small village in Vietnam anxiously await the coming exodus, where they will have to move further away from the shorelines due to the damage brought about by climate change. Once prosperous neighbourhoods have become poor fishing villages, and fertile fields and fruitful orchards have been destroyed by the rising seawater.

As we celebrate this April 22, watch "Another Exodus" by filmmaker Le Nguyen here: cinemata.org/view?m=ZCFsfDSm4

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In this edition of the EngageMedia Newsletter, we highlight our digital rights projects in Thailand and Indonesia, the second Environmental Impact Lab, and resources from our partners and networks: mailchi.mp/engagemedia/digital.

EngageMedia asks six Thai women from diverse backgrounds about how to deal with digital rights violations and, more importantly, how we can all contribute to make the Thai internet a better, freer, and more secure place.

Read their answers here: engagemedia.org/2021/thailand-.

Online gender-based violence (OGBV) is one of many attacks on our digital rights that have only worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with International Women’s Month, EngageMedia on 11 March 2021 held a webinar dissecting the connection between OGBV and digital rights in the Indonesian context.

Read the highlights here: engagemedia.org/2021/webinar-i.

FEATURED VIDEO: Four years since Chandauli village was first named India's first digitally literate village, how have Chandauli's residents continued to use digital technology in their everyday lives?

Watch the film by Andrew Garton: cinemata.org/view?m=jlvr3iRPF.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: EngageMedia is hiring a South Asia Digital Rights Manager to oversee our digital rights initiatives in South Asia and assist with our Asia-Pacific program more broadly.

Apply by Apr. 14 here: engagemedia.org/2021/job-south.

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