OneMinutesJr workshop in Azerbaijan - Day 1
GUBA, Azerbaijan - June 28, 2010 - UNICEF Azerbaijan is organizing a summer camp for children from all over the country this week in the Guba Olympic Complex in the North of the country. 100 children are here and sixteen of them have the opportunity to produce OneMinutesJr videos about issues that are of major interest to them.
The summer camp is held under the motto "Think healthy, live healthy, be healthy" and therefore many of the films are likely to be centered around health issues. However, there are also trainings going on around child rights and youth participation. We start relatively late on the first day since the children were still busy in other group meetings, but in the early afternoon we start the workshop.
There are some "highlights" that we always show during the introductory sessions, especially two films from a workshop we did a few years back in Albania. They are perfect examples of how to build a certain atmosphere in a film and how to use different filming and editing techniques in short films.
After that, we start developing story ideas with the children. Actually, the children have to come up with the topics and then the two trainers and a translator work with them on fine-tuning the ideas. Narra (16) opens the round of one-on-one "interviews" with a great film idea. The 16-year-old girls says: "I want to show myself how I want to fly away like a bird, how I get away from the problems of a teenager's life and how I find peace with myself." Now we have to come up with ideas on how we can make that happen from a cinematographic point of view...
Ruslan (15) wants to make use of the various sports venues here in the Olympic Complex in Guba. He wants to show us the Azeri Triathlon, a new sport that involves throwing cigarettes in the rubbish bin, triple jumping on cigarette butts and boxing with a cigarette machine. Other topics for the films include children with disabilities, teenager's dreams and worries about the future and conflicts with their parents.
It is also interesting to note that quite a few of the children think ecology should be the main focus of their films. Is there anything about ecology in the Convention on the Rights of the Child? With Rahima's (14) help, we shall find out tomorrow...
Guba, Azerbaijan - June 28, 2010 - Chris Schuepp