Changing the Lens Film as Action Research and Therapeutic Planning Practice

TitleChanging the Lens Film as Action Research and Therapeutic Planning Practice
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSandercock, L, Attili, G
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Volume34
Pagination19–29
Keywordsaction research, collaborative film making, colonization, digital ethnography, film and community engagement, healing and reconciliation, therapeutic planning, transformative planning
Abstract

This paper discusses an action research project in which the making and screening of a film was conceived as a catalyst for social change in a deeply divided community. The context is the history of segregation of Indigenous peoples and settlers in Canada. Is there a decolonizing role for planning, beginning with the work of healing and reconciliation? And, is there a role for film as a methodological tool in such a process? Our findings suggest a very necessary role for therapeutic planning, albeit with caveats; and, that film can be an effective catalyst for creating this therapeutic space.

DOI10.1177/0739456X13516499