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Despite the overwhelming challenges her region faces, the Governor and her team are prepared to actively engage in a visionary new form of collaboration between her government and civil society to implement open development structures, including the mechanisms and empowerment potentials that embody open source, open data and open knowledge, particularly to enable:

– conflict and violence resolution to foster effective peace and security
– participatory, accountable, open governance
– empowerment, development of civil society
– rapid implementation of systems to enable education, communication, economic development
– sustainable, transparent and cost effective management of land and key natural resources (incl.
water, forest, extractives)
– innovation in linking traditional with contemporary skills and knowledge

The short film will include interviews with Governor Nyandeng, members of her government, local civil society leaders as well as Warrap citizens from various walks of life, experience and generation. It will focus on personal accounts, seeking to better understand the dreams and desires – as well as fears, challenges, obstacles that people face as they imagine their own future in an independent country. Has this independence brought positive change to their lives? What were the expectations before independence, and what are they today? How would people solve the problems they see as being the key challenges to their own futures?

Where conflict is still acute, or has returned to communities in other forms, where people ask the government to provide them with “guns to kill those who have killed their families”, what practical opportunities exist to create peace, security and stability? In July 2013 the crew visited Warrap’s capital Kuajoc, local towns and rural cattle camps to examine the challenges to peace and reconciliation. They spoke to members of local communities, missions and government bodies about initiatives for peace and dialogue, as well as their visions for peace and security in a newly independent South Sudan.

Together the film and the collection of images and short audio files that will be made available online using the ojoVoz ‘knowledge base’ platform should give a clear understanding of the real civic, social and political challenges faced by Warrap. While concentrating on stories of its people, it should also give an idea of the landscape, infrastructure and the ways in which people attend to their daily lives. How can the story and background of this region, its people and both their joys and challenges be told to an outside world that has never been here, and at the same time create documents that can be useful and effective to those charged with enabling an open and peaceful civil society?