New Short Films on Rural Development

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Vientiane, 30 August 2016 – The Rights-LINK Lao project, under Village Focus International (VFI) in collaboration with the Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); the Department of Land Administration, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; the Department of Agricultural Land Management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; and the Committee for Rural Development has produced a joint production of six mini-drama short films on land, agriculture, and village development. The films have been supported by GIZ on behalf of the German Government.

The half-day presentation workshop has been organized on the 30 of  August with the objectives to share the films with a wider audience of partners and stakeholders, present the background and process of the Short Film project, and discuss thefuture plan to distribute the films.  About 100 people from the government, private sectors, CSOs and academic institutes participated at the workshop. .

The short films will be shared through multiple channels, including directly delivered through local government offices and rural development projects; as well as online through YouTube and Facebook. The production partners also discussed plans to broadcast the films on television, in order to reach a widespread audience with these educational films.


Following a first series of 6 short films on land rights issues, the current series of films was developed under the guidance of the two Ministries and one equivalent organization, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and National Committee of Rural Development and Poverty Eradication.The films have been approved by the Ministry of Information and Culture, for use as official information material in the many local projects working on relevant development issues.

It is expected that the primary audience of rural villagers will gain knowledge of key issues regarding land, agriculture, and village development planning, allowing them to well informed about the processes and benefits of village development.. The films also explain mechanisms to resolve problems according to Lao legislation government services, and therefore support good and sustainable rural development

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