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"Shaping Narratives in Central African Republic" with Lindsay Branham

Salon Series: The Uncondemned

Please join us for our May salon, "Shaping Narratives in Central African Republic" featuring Lindsay Branham, the Executive Director of Discover The Journey, a US-based non-profit organization that creates research-based localized media to foster attitudinal and behavior change.

Date: Monday, May 11th 

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Location: Paname Restaurant (1028 2nd Ave, Between 56 & 57)

Lindsay Branham recently returned from Central African Republic where she was directing a short film on the sectarian conflict that has devastated the country in the last fifteen months. Bintou, an eight year old Muslim girl, lives in one of the last enclaves in the country where Muslims are safe from Christian rebels. Gaus, a twelve year old Christian boy, survived multiple attacks by Muslim rebels. They decide that the only way to transcend their fears of the other is to meet each other face to face.

Lindsay will be talking about the process of designing media that will be intended to influence social norms in CAR to encourage non-violent solutions to the conflict. She will elucidate the joys and challenges of making media in a place as sensitive as CAR, and how to shape narratives that will ultimately be used in on-the-ground screenings to foster open dialogue between two groups that are in the midst of devastating violence that has left a nation in a state of emergency

Space is limited. To RSVP please email clarissa.sosin[at]

Lindsay Branham is the Executive Director of Discover The Journey, a US-based non-profit organization that creates research-based localized media to foster attitudinal and behavior change. She is a filmmaker, researcher, program designer and program implementer. Lindsay’s expertise is creating collaborative media to achieve specific behavior change outcomes, including stigma reduction, aiding the return and reintegration of former child soldiers, and reducing psychological distress for war-affected populations. Over the last four years, Lindsay has focused on areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa, developing localized films in partnership with civil society to address sensitive issues such as reintegration and defection. In July, results of her study using media as a reintegration tool in northeastern DRC was published in the Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect. Her robust qualitative research was published by Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and written about in the New York Times. She is a frequent columnist and speaker, most recently presenting scholarly presentations at a conference hosted by Ghent University and War Child in Kampala and at a conference honoring the CRC, hosted by the FXB Center at Harvard. Lindsay was recently honored with the United Nations and Independent Film Project Envision Fellowship for creating media committed to social change. Lindsay frequently works closely with academic institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health and Queens University, Belfast.  Lindsay has produced dozens of short films for non-profits and original long form journalism for CNN and BBC. Lindsay most recently produced the award-winning short film, They Came at Night, which competed in seven international film festivals, winning two of them, and the corresponding community- based defection intervention and mobile cinema program currently underway in central Africa through local partners. Lindsay has also trained leaders in developing nations to be field journalists, conducting storytelling workshops in three African countries. Lindsay is a USC school of journalism graduate and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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