I think most of us saw this as inevitable, ha-ha.. CNN just reported on its I-Report feature that they were impressed by a film shot by Kiripi Katembo Siku who lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (a very repressive country of severe censorship). He has created a documentary movie "Cardboard Car" which was shot using a mobile phone, held in a toy car, pulled by a local girlk walking on the streets of Kinshasa. You get a very intersting "sandal-angle" view to the streets of Kinshasa. And related to this story, CNN announces a contest for viewers to send their mobile phone films ot CNN I-Report's mobile film contest. Yeah, "Nokia Cinema" like we called it in my first book Services for UMTS with Joe Barrett back in 2002.. Pretty predictable judging by how passionately CNN is embracing all things mobile..
The film-maker thanks French movie maker Marie-Dominique Dhelsing for running a workshop on movie-making in the Congo and Marie-Dominique adds a very interesting evalution to the cameraphone as a media tool. She says it is "is affordable and easy-to-hide". Yes, in open truly democratic societies we do tend to take our liberties so easily for granted. I assume I can blog and post my little thoughts and ideas an don't need to hide my "credentials" as an author and blogger. But in many parts of the world there is represssion and significant stories that need to be told. The cameraphone is not only cheap to get as a film-making (and documentary-making and news-gathering) tool, it is truly also easy to hide. Great observation Ms Dhelsing!