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OneMinutesJr workshop in Bulgaria - Day 2

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2011
Veselina's dream is to become a mailwoman.

STARA ZAGORA, Bulgaria, August 30, 2011 - On the second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Bulgaria, we finalize the story ideas and start filming in different locations in the Roma neighborhood.

Today we focus on the girls' stories and not surprisingly, they are quite strong. Teenage Roma girls are usually in a very dangerous position as it is not uncommon for girls to get sexually abused or married early against their will. Julietta (14) will make a video about this - a sign of courage!

Dochka (14) will produce a film about another very sensitive issue: drugs. She intends to shoot a very shocking film and then show in the end that drugs are not the right way to go for young people.

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2011
The beat box - producing a great soundtrack for one of the films in Stara Zagora.

Back to the boys, we have two cases where the participants are only here in Bulgaria for the summer. Their parents have moved to Greece and Spain and so the boys have to follow. They don't speak the languages too well yet, miss a lot at school and generally also prefer to be here with their friends in their native environment. But due to the financial restraints and the choice of the parents, there is little they can do.

Our youngest participants are two little girls, Rosalinda (9) and Veselina (10). Veselina tells us about her big dream for the future. She wants to become a post woman and deliver the mail to the people here in Losenetz. Rosalinda is already in 3rd grade in primary school, but she likes to go to the kindergarten and play with the little kids. "They are not so mean, they are always happy and it's fun to play and sing with them."

Some of the films can already be shot today, but tomorrow will see us roaming around the mahalla and the downtown area all day in order to finish as many videos as possible.

 

 

 

 

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