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Water: One Take International Video Contest

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, East Asia, Eastern & Central Europe, Latin America, Middle East & North Africa, Oceania, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Bolivia, China, India, Turkey, Arts & Culture, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Film, Human Rights

“Is access to clean, safe water for drinking a basic human right? Why? or Why not?”.

That is the question One Take [1] is asking for you to answer in your own language, recording it on a video no more than 2 minutes long, uploading it on their site and on DotSub and having it subtitled in at least 1 other language.  Just this month, world leaders met in Istambul, Turkey at the World Water Forum [2] to have this discussion [3], and although some of them believe water should be a basic need and not a right, some countries, including the US, China and Canada don't believe it should be recognized as a basic human right.  It is our chance to show what we believe about this issue, and make our voices heard.

You will be able to submit your entry from April 15th to June 15th, only one entry per person for a chance to win one of the three cash prizes of $500 USD for the Grand Prize, $300 USD for the Runner Up and $300 USD for the video with the most subtitles in different languages. The full contest rules can be found here [4]. The following video includes information on participating in the contest and the criteria by which they will select the winners. It has subtitles in several other different languages via DotSub [5].

The criteria they will be judging upon will be: clarity of sound an image, the quality of the writing, the delivery of the monologue on camera, the passion and conviction about the subject matter and innovation.

Here is a sample video they uploaded to show the type of continuous video they are seeking:

If you would like to be informed about water issues, the blog “the World's Water” [6] recommends Irena Salina's documentary: FLOW. You can watch the trailer here [7]. The documentary uses examples from India, Bolivia, European countries and the US to bring the message home: if every human needs water to survive (after all we are made out of 75% liquid), why is clean water being left for those who can afford to pay for it and not those who need it?

DotSub is a translation and subtitling community. Anyone can add translations to videos and you can translate other videos if you wish. All you need to do to get started is upload your video with a transcription in your language and then ask others to submit their translations on the site, Finished translations will automatically appear on the video. For this contest though, besides the transcription you should also add a translation into one other language. If you are participating, please post a comment, and we'll check it out!