OneMinutesJr workshop in Călăraşi, Moldova (4)by Chris Schuepp
Călăraşi, Moldova, 20 September 2012 – Interesting visitors are on the agenda of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Călăraşi today. The UN Resident Coordinator, the UNICEF Representative and a famous Moldovan singer have all promised to visit the children.
Although we still have a lot of work to do before all films are shot and edited, we are able to insert a little break into the workshp agenda and welcome the first visitors from the capital Chisinau at 11 a.m. The UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova, Ms Nicola Harrington-Buhay, and the UNICEF Representative in Moldova, Ms Alexandra Yuster, have come to see some of the films produced at the workshop and to talk to the children.
We have managed to finish five films already and the visitors are amazed by the clarity of the ideas and by he way the children tell their stories. The discussion also turns out to be very fruitful and the whole atmosphere at the workshop is simply great.
But back to work after the lunch break! There are still some films to be shot and while one trainer helps filming a story about Doina (10), a girl in a wheelchair, and a jump rope, another trainer joins participant Victoria when she visits her village. The 17-year-old girl cannot talk, but she can very well communicate. She always smiles, she is always happy and she wants to show us all the things she likes. Victoria has problems shaping a heart with her hands due to her physical disability, so we simply cut a heart out of a piece of paper and film through it. Victoria's family is extremely friendly and we all feel that Victoria grows up in a very supportive environment.
Back in Călăraşi, the last film of the day and the last visitor of the day are just around the corner. Elena (18) wants to show us and the world that "it's about ability" - she has a disability, sure, but so what? She can sing better than anybody else around and so her film is about her voice. She sings a song by the famous Moldovan singer Anisoara Puica. We have pulled the strings in the background and while Elena is performing the song in front of the camera, Anisoara Puica enters the scene and presents flowers and CDs to Elena who doesn't know whether she should smile or cry. She decides to smile after all, just like everybody else in the Center for children with disabilities in Călăraşi this afternoon.