OneMinutesJr workshop in Bulgaria - Day 1
STARA ZAGORA, Bulgaria, 29 August 2011 - Fifteen boys and girls from a Roma neighborhood in Stara Zagora have come together this week to produce OneMinutesJr videos on their lives and their future.
In the next five days, the youngsters aged 9 to 14 will become producers, actors/actresses, cameramen/camerawomen and will produce their own personal messages in form of short videos. The workshop takes place in the Roma mahalla Losinets in the Northwest of Stara Zagora, the sixth biggest city in Bulgaria.
The local NGO "World without borders" has a small office here and will host the video seminar from today until Friday afternoon when we expect to show the results of this week's work for the very first time.
But until then, we still have a long way to go. The main focus today is on the story development. We do not have a fixed topic at this workshop, but given the fact that we are in a Roma neighborhood, also called mahalla, there are some obvious themes that will definitely come up.
Many of the boys are concerned about their future. While they all go to school, education is not one of the top priorities in this environment. The unemployment rate is high and there are not too many opportunities for youngsters.
To prevent themselves from getting in trouble, the boys get into break-dancing and parcouring instead and because these are their main hobbies, they want to produce films around them.
Also not very unexpected is the discrimination topic. Demir (14) does not like to do downtown too much because as a Roma boy, he often gets bullied by the locals there.
And Mitko (14) wants to make a film about his father, who has succeeded in becoming a policeman, something quite extraordinary for a Roma man in Bulgaria.
After eight years of OneMinutesJr workshops, it is a great feeling that there are still surprises in stock for us! For the very first time in the history of the OneMinutesJr workshops, we will have a story about a cannibal and there is also one film with a chainsaw.
Curious? Keep reading the daily diary and find out how things work out...