The documentary “Por la razón o la fuerza” portrays a reality from the viewpoint of participants in a participatory evaluation in San Bernardo, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Santiago de Chile. Here, the non-governmental organisation Techo (English: “roof”) strives to turn the inhabitants into protagonists of change in their community through voluntary cooperation.
In working groups, the participants set up initiatives and make decisions together to improve the living conditions in the community. They create community halls and emergency accommodation, pave streets, organise courses for further training and implement projects that the community considers to be important.
In cooperation with DEval’s Focelac project and the Petas study programme („Programa de Estudios del Trabajo, el Ambiente y la Sociedad” = study programme on work, environment and society) run by the National University of San Juan, Argentina, Techo conducted participatory evaluations in Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay and Ecuador in 2019. This involved participants analysing how well the working groups function and what strengths and weaknesses their work has from the viewpoint of the community.
Based on close dialogue with the inhabitants of San Bernardo, the documentary relates the organisation’s experiences, describes the struggle and also portrays the hope for better living conditions. The video aims to give a voice to the inhabitants of San Bernardo, in other words to those who can report on their own day-to-day experience in the settlement.
The film was produced with the support of Petas, Focelac and local experts from the film, music and communication industry.