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Toolkit for Making a Detainee Video

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A short (5-minute) video is a great way to break a prisoner’s silence and retore his humanity. Here is an example:

Use simple, compelling narratives from the prisoner’s lawyer, family members, or other people who know the prisoner.

  • Ask the prisoner’s lawyer for copies of photos of the prisoner or his family, and seek the permission of the family or the prisoner to use them.
  • Ask for any video clips that may be available, such as from the prisoner’s wedding or other festivities.
  • Seek other materials—a photo of the prisoner’s home or workplace, family letters, children’s drawings, or other materials that help piece together the prisoner’s life story.
  • We welcome


Technology Tips:

Suggested format: DV or HDV

Suggested software:

  • For Apple computers, iMovie
  • For PCs, (suggestion other than Microsoft MovieMaker, which is free?)


Upload your video to YouTube:

  • Convert to YouTube suggested format, (what is that?).
  • Create an account
  • Follow instructions for uploading the video


Promote Your Video

  • On the campaign page for the prisoner, put a link to the video so people can watch the video from your web page.  You can adapt and use this source code:


<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie"
value=" for your video"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed
src=" for your video" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425"

  • Send out messages to your networks linking to the video.