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The Importance of Cultural Sensitivity in Video Production: Lessons Learned in Turkey

Updated: May 12, 2023

As a videographer with over 13 years of experience, I've had the privilege of working on numerous international projects led by esteemed organizations such as the European Union and UNICEF. These projects have been centered around social issues and improvements, which have allowed me to gain a unique perspective on the importance of cultural sensitivity in video production.

Above is one of the videos I created for the ISKEP Project, which focuses on promoting social inclusion among disadvantaged groups.

Some of the topics that I've worked on include disadvantaged groups and employment, women's employment services, improving psycho-social services in prisons, addiction treatment in Turkey, and improving the special education system while providing support for parents of special children. Through my work on these projects, I've had the opportunity to create powerful videos that not only showcase the issues at hand but also provide a sense of hope and optimism for the future.

The video showcased above is a promotional-introductory piece I created for the BEGEP Project, an initiative focused on enhancing the quality of inclusion for all students and fostering their integration into society.

As a videographer, I believe that cultural sensitivity is key when it comes to creating impactful videos. By understanding the cultural nuances of the people and communities we are working with, we can create videos that resonate with their experiences and ultimately lead to greater understanding and empathy.

Throughout my career, I've learned valuable lessons about the importance of respecting cultural differences and approaching each project with an open mind. By doing so, I've been able to create videos that not only meet the needs of the organizations I work with but also truly capture the spirit and essence of the communities we are working with.

The video above captures the live performances of Mr. Uğurlu's compositions and an interview exploring the intersection of arts, communication, and culture. It was a pleasure to create this video as part of my work with the Town Twinning between Turkey and the EU Project.

As a one-man crew, I've had the privilege of capturing countless interviews with the inspiring individuals involved in these projects. From heartwarming stories to poignant reflections, each interview was a reminder of the power of storytelling to connect us all. It's these unforgettable moments that make me grateful for the opportunity to do what I love and capture such impactful stories all while keeping the essence of the narrative intact.

Peering through my camera lens, I captured unforgettable moments during my work on a Special Education Project. The interviews I conducted with a diverse group of people, from special needs individuals and their parents to teachers and more, allowed me to see the world through their eyes and tell their stories in a powerful way. This screenshot is just a glimpse into the emotional and insightful interviews I was able to capture.

Capturing the stories of people from different backgrounds and cultures is one of the most rewarding aspects of video production. However, it is also a great responsibility that requires a lot of sensitivity and care. Over the years, I have had the privilege to interview many individuals and groups of people from diverse communities as part of my work on various social and educational projects.

Interviewing people from diverse backgrounds and sensitive subjects can be a challenging task, but it's also incredibly rewarding.

  • Before recording, it's important to make your interviewees feel comfortable and heard.

  • Listen to their stories with empathy, and show respect for their cultural beliefs and values.

In another article, I will be sharing more detailed tips on how to make successful interviews, but for now, remember to plan ahead, stay organized, and always be willing to adapt to unexpected situations.

Check out these behind-the-scenes shots and screenshots from my the video project on Town Twinning between the EU and Turkey, where music and an inspiring interview shed light on the cultural impacts between cities and people.

I'm excited to continue using my videography skills to create impactful videos that drive social change and promote cultural understanding. With each project, I'm reminded of the power of visual storytelling and how it can bring people from different backgrounds together towards a common goal.

If you're looking for a videographer with a passion for cultural sensitivity and creating videos that inspire change, I'd be honored to work with you. Let's tell your story together.

Fatih Ugur | Producer@Vidyograf |

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