Who Owns The Content” is a short film directed by Subhashish Panigrahi & Produced by O Foundation (OFDN). The film revolves around the notion — who really own the native-language content when there are multiple stakeholders involved.

During a panel at the Global Voices Summit 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Eddie Avila, Director of Rising Voices narrated about the dilemma that a Colombian young man went through once after discovering a bunch of cassette tapes. The tapes contained recordings of his late father who was interviewed by an European researcher but was hidden somewhere. The young man got really excited the tapes surfaced after all these years. So, he thought it might be interesting to digitize the tapes and share them online, and he did that only to realize that he has made his own siblings upset. They did not approve the fact that the recordings have gone online. The question Avila leaves everyone with is “who owns the content [in the tape]?”. Is it the researcher who interviewed the late father and recorded those interviews in the first place, is the the father who is no more around, or the children, or the community whose songs and stories were recorded?


Eddie Avila, Director, Rising Voices (recorded during Global Voices Summit 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Official Selection at 13th Native Spirit Indigenous Film Festival 2019

Mayan trumpet played by street artist, Recorded by Subhashish Panigrahi. CC-BY-SA 4.0 Sound effects from Freesound.org Harmonica.wav. kristinhamby CC0 1.0 crowd ext cheer encore spanish.flac. kyles. CC0 1.0 cassette open.mp3. gggtrew. CC0 1.0 Hip-hop_beat_1_95.wav.-zin-. CC-BY 3.0 drum, voices spanish.wav. macpator. CC0 1.0

Official Selection at Lift-Off First-Time Filmmaker Sessions 2020

Veethika Mishra & Subhashish Panigrahi from Museo de Culturas de Populares, Mexico City CC-BY-SA 4.0

Additional video:

Audio Tape Rolling – Green Screen Animation. Nissim Farin. Footage Island. CC-BY 3.0

Story & Direction by Subhashish Panigrahi. Produced by O Foundation. 2019. CC-BY-SA 4.0 Iternational
Update (October 11, 2019):

Who Owns The Contentmade it to the “13th Native Spirit Indigenous Film Festival – North Americas” with a screening in London on October 12, 2019, hosted by Native Spirit Festival with collaboration with SOAS World Language Institute.

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