Ethics & Engagement across the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes

Facilitated Film Viewings as a Community Engagement Tool

Hi everyone, First of all I am very exited as the newest kid on the block as a GHBN bursary fellow. I am now in the process of analyzing and writing up my findings on Facilitated Film Viewings as a Community Engagement Tool in Research involving men who have sex with other men. What is apparent is that film is such a strong communication tool with power to enlighten, educate or persuade people on the importance of HIV research with MSM or other key populations. I will continue with writing up the findings as I share with GHBN for more interesting insights.



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Comment by Dina Rippon on October 26, 2015 at 10:01

Thank you Bernadette. How was the data-gathering stage of your project? Could you share a few words about how you gathered your data, and whether you experienced any unexpected difficulties? Or was everything very straightforward? I really look forward to hearing about what comes out of your analysis! D

Comment by Mary Chambers on October 26, 2015 at 10:24

Hi Bernadette.  I'm also interested in your project.  We do quite a lot of facilitated film showings, but with community generated media.  It gets a mixed response from our audiences because it definitely isn't always a public health education film - ie sometimes the science and facts people talk about are not correct.  But it's very powerful to communicate experience and behavior.  How do you facilitate the showings? Who is the audience?

Keep us updated & good luck,


Comment by Noni Mumba on October 26, 2015 at 10:28

Thanks for sharing Bernadette. Looking forward to reading your final paper; and of course will also look out for your posts on different segments of your bursary. We've had a lot of discussions about the film, and it will be great to see what comes out of your analysis.

All the best as you work towards finalizing!


Comment by Michael Parker on October 26, 2015 at 18:53

Hi Bernadette. Thanks for the update. It would be great to see the film you are using sometime - maybe at the summer school??

Comment by Bernadette Kombo on October 28, 2015 at 9:00

Hi Dinnah, thank you for your feedback. the data gathering stage was a very interesting experience for the people that were involved. We received mixed responses from the audience considering the tension that there is between the call for universal provision of health care and legality of same sex relationships in the country. we had instances where the audience felt we were encouraging homosexuality but often the feeling was its time we talked about the issues. 

Mary, thanks you for sharing some of your experience with FFV, perhaps we should continue to compare notes. its true that FFV is a powerful communication tool. what we have with 'Facing our Fears' is pretty a straight forward film showing some of the community engagement efforts over a period of time, interestingly though we had some audience expecting the film to have some 'hard' science as well. our audience was primarily the key stakeholders we regularly engage such as the health workers, religious leaders, LGBT groups and the media.

Mike, its a good idea to share the film during summer school.

Claudia and Noni, thanks guys. I am positive that will end with an interesting read. I will keep updating on where I am at for your input.

best regards


Comment by Phaik Yeong Cheah on November 4, 2015 at 1:04
Will you present st the next summer school?
Comment by Maureen Njue on November 10, 2015 at 9:19

Hi Bernadette,

Karibu sana, glad to have you on the network and looking forward to hearing more about the findings when you have them ready. All the best

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