Filmed in Bhutanes refugee camps in Nepal, China and Indonesia, this video will be of interest to field researchers, and in particular anthropologists. The anthropological method of participant observation is contrasted with more interactive participatory approaches. Included in the video are entering a community and joining in village activities, adapting the research plan to fit in with villagers activities, working with interpreters and dealing with expectations and responsibilities.
The use of video in participatory research and training is a growing practice. The potentials and constraints to its use are examined in this document and a comparison made with other methods of recording, based on experiences from both 'northern' and southern' countries.