SPOR MEDIA is an experienced media and cultural organisation.

Our goal is to improve inter-cultural understanding and help to reduce global inequality. We endeavour to engender sympathetic insight, reflection and dialogue across national boundaries.

Our activities take us behind clichés and prejudice. We attempt to make the “unfamiliar” familiar and attach great importance to emphasising likeness rather than differences.

 Spor Media’s activities include

Global Kids: Visits by cultural groups from Africa, Latin America and Asia. Children and young people meet to engage in cultural activities across social and cultural divides.

Documentary films: Films about people around the world, their dreams and their challenges. Stories based on our own ideas or created in collaboration with others.

Distant Neighbours: Web based film and teaching materials give Danish children insight into the cultures and societies of Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Spor out there – Miradas Juveniles: Media projects in Latin America and Africa give young people in poor societies to speak out and change their living conditions.

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Our story

It all began in 1979

We went off to Central America equipped with a portable typewriter, a camera and a tape recorder to report on the popular revolt and the dream of justice. We were eye witnesses to the revolution in Nicaragua and produced the slide show ”Free the Mother Country –  or die”.

We also produced SPOR’s first teaching materials in collaboration with the Danish Spanish teachers’ association.

Helle Toft Jensen and Michael Mogensen filmed “Children of the Revolution” as part of the literacy campaign in Nicaragua.
Cover of a book about the revolution.
We called ourselves the “work group Spor”: We wanted to make our mark and follow the trail we had joined. That is why we returned to Nicaragua to make the 16 mm film ”Children of the Revolution”.  We later changed our name to SPOR media Group – then to SPOR Media.

 

The Shadow of the Bomb
The lead character in “The Shadow of the Bomb” produced for Danish national TV.
Little adults
“Little adults” – about three children from Guatemala.
Torben Vosbein and Helle Toft Jensen in Mozambique.
El Salvador on the move
Spor produced major slide shows for WUS (now Oxfam IBIS): El Salvador on the move (1987) about the popular movements in the civil war and ”Life come what may” (1989) about the war and human destinies in Mozambique.
We were hired as consultants for Operation Day’s Work, which over the years produced slide shows with our help. We also taught communications skills for several of the Nicaragua Committee’s ‘Building Brigades’.
From the late 80s, Spor Media was the driving force behind the international network ZEBRA, which attracted members from the heart of the Brazilian rain forest and the Sahara Desert. Many film makers and the representatives of organisations have endeavoured to sway the stereotype image of people and society in the so-called Third World. ZEBRA provided them with a network, while at the same time promoting documentary and informative films in which people in the South are portrayed as subjects and not objects. ZEBRA’s most important tool was its magazine in three languages – ZEBRA News.
ZEBRA News was distributed throughout most of the world.
In 1985 we were invited to take part in the annual Festival of Latin American Film in Havana, Cuba. We watched a whole lot of incredible films, which we thought a Danish audience should see too. So on the way home we decided that we wanted to promote films from Latin America and from Africa and Asia as well, if possible.
Thanks to the support of Danida, we were able to promote films from the South for the next 13 years. In addition to the festival in Havana we attended FESPACO in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, along with festivals in Tunisia, Chile and India. Some 100 films found their way to Danish audiences. Five of these were African feature films, imported in collaboration with distributors in Sweden, Norway and Finland and subtitled in four languages.
 

At the 1987 film festival in Havana we met a group of Latin American directors who wanted to make an international co-production with young girls as the lead characters: Vision Latina. So in 1988 we returned to Havana with our film about a Danish-Chilean girl whose parents had fled from Pinochet’s dictatorship: ”Isabel c/o Denmark”.

Isabel
Isabel and her Mum in Copenhagen
This was a new start at producing films based on our own ideas – most of them about people in Africa and Latin America and their visions, challenges identity issues. We also make educational, informative and documentary films in collaboration with individuals and organisations, and when important issues arise in Denmark or we meet someone with an important story, we also make films in Denmark, such as (…)
Hotel of Dreams
Moussa Diallo.
For the Global Kids project we organise visits every by groups of children and young people from countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The groups arrange workshops and performances at schools, colleges and folk high schools, creating direct contact through theatre, dance, music and acrobatics. The cultural visits also result in debate on global issues like poverty and climate change. The project is a collaborative effort with the municipality of Kalundborg in West Sjaelland.
Global Kids Cynthia
Cynthia was one a group of young acrobats from Nafsi Africa on a four-week tour of Kalundborg and the surrounding area.
For SPOR it has always been crucial that young people, particularly those from the South get their voices heard. So with the support of CISU, SPOR has – in collaboration with the cultural organisation COMPA in Bolivia – established a media project for young people in one of Bolivia’s largest cities, El Alto. The city is infamous for its poverty, criminality and drug abuse problems, and through the project we teach young people how to use film as a medium to portray their own reality and make demands on adults and their community.
Shezenia og Anahí
“We break down barriers” was directed by Shezenia and Anahí from Bolivia.
Teyo Bonin (left) leads the Miradas Juveniles project.
Korthe Barfod
Korthe Barfod is SPOR’s accounting expert and was present when “Hotel of Dreams” had its premiere in Senegal.
Oskar Fanta teaches young Bolivians how to make pocket films.
Spor Media // Elmegade 5, 1. th, 2200, København N, tlf.: +45 3536 0940, spor(at)spormedia.dk

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