The community video movement originated in the 1970s. It enabled groups and individuals to use media that was often used to misrepresent them and to engage in new forms of collective self-representation. Watch this film to find out more about this type of representation and how filmmaker and researcher Ed Webb-Ingall is working to resurface forgotten AIDS activist videos in the UK.

This project was supported by a Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Video Activism Before the Internet: 1969–1993

  • Ed Webb-Ingall seated with arms crossed.

    Ed Webb-Ingall is a filmmaker and researcher working with archival materials and methodologies drawn from community video. He collaborates with groups to explore under-represented historical moments and their relationship to contemporary life, developing modes of self-representation specific to the subject or the experiences of the participants. He is the participation programmer for the London Community Video Archive and Senior Lecturer on the BA Film and Screen Studies course at London College of Communication. He is currently writing a book with the title BFI Screen Stories: The Story of Video Activism.