Research and film

Two exciting sessions during the Symposium showcased the ways in which the medium of film can be used as a tool for generating understanding, for skills building and for allowing reflection, in support of research, teaching and knowledge translation. As communication in a digital age is changing rapidly, the aim was to encourage researchers to find innovative ways to use this potentially powerful tool.


Below is a list of the films shown, with links, in the hope that they may perhaps inspire you to consider the use of film to communicate your research.

INSTITUTE: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium

TITLE: Switching the poles: Introduction

DURATION: 2.52 minutes

WEBLINK: http://switchingthepoles.itg.be/chapter-conclusion.html

The film describes the principles and practice of horizontal collaboration between northern and southern countries, to ‘switch’ experts.


INSTITUTE: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium

TITLE: Switching the poles: Peru

DURATION: 9.28 minutes

WEBLINK: http://switchingthepoles.itg.be/chapter-peru.html

The film describes horizontal collaboration strategies with Peruvians, for developing expertise and research and health services.


INSTITUTE: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium

TITLE: Switching the poles: India

DURATION: 7.47 minutes

WEBLINK: http://switchingthepoles.itg.be/chapter-india.html

The film shows horizontal collaboration strategies with India, for expanding a public health approach.


INSTITUTE: IntraHealth International

TITLE: “That’s improvement!”: Uganda focuses on health workers

DURATION: 7.10 minutes

WEBLINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uap6dgOb4c

The film describes how efforts to strengthen human resources and health information systems are paying off in Uganda.


INSTITUTE: LASDEL, Niger

TITLE: Removing health care user fees in Niger

DURATION: 19.39 minutes

WEBLINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIr_EJM7JbQ

The film follows a Nigerian research team investigating the implementation challenges and unintended consequences of the Free Health Care Policy.


INSTITUTE: SARRAH, South Africa

TITLE: Changing lives part 3

DURATION: 8.27 minutes

WEBLINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0F1fhKAX_A&feature=youtu.be

The film highlights the achievements of the South African Government’s HIV programmes and the contributions of advocacy organizations.


INSTITUTE: Sonke Gender Justice – MenCare, South Africa

TITLE: The gift of fatherhood

DURATION: 9.05 minutes

WEBLINK: http://vimeo.com/97159996

The film examines fatherhood as a social determinant of health; with two brothers exploring what active and present fatherhood means to them in the context of deprivation in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.


INSTITUTE: TDR, World Health Organization, Geneva

TITLE: Implementation research toolkit to improve health systems

DURATION: 6.53 minutes

WEBLINK: http://multimedia.who.int/mp4/WHO-COPR_Implementation_research_toolkit_26MAR2014.mp4

Using film to convey the message about the importance of implementation research, through tracking the process of developing a WHO toolkit.


INSTITUTE: University of Cape Town, South Africa

TITLE: Democratizing mental health: An introduction to the Programme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME)

DURATION: 9.20 minutes

WEBLINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAAqaNtc9dg

The film shows the efforts of the Programme for Improving Mental Health care (PRIME) to engage in people-centred strategies to integrate mental health services in Nepal.

Page updated: 31 October 2014