OneMinutesJr workshop in Pristina - Day 4
PRISTINA, 3 October 2013 - On day four of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Kosovo we meet with the participants from Mitrovica in their home town in the North of the country.
Mitrovica is a divided city. The river Iber runs through the city and divides it into the southern part where the Albanian population lives and the northern part with the majority of the population being Serbians. Albulena (20), one of the workshop participants, was born here in Mitrovica but has never been in the northern part of her hometown.
This is about to change when we meet with her at the main bridge connecting the two sides in the early morning. She is still a bit hesitant, but she does want to make this first step and take a look on the other side. And, of course, she also wants to make a statement with her film hoping that people will find a way to live peacefully alongside each other.
The second film in Mitrovica plays in a school where 17-year-old Drilon complains about the lack of equimpent. "You cannot write without a pen and you cannot play football without a ball, but we are supposed to study chemistry without any equipment or chemicals. That's a joke!"
Back in Pristina it's time for some computer games, "first-person shooters" to be precise. Birken is taking us to an Internet cafe where he will film his OneMinutesJr video. The 18-year-old boy is worried about some of his peers who are addicted to these violent games and he has already seen a couple of cases where the virtual reality turned into a violent reality.
Back in the Innovations Lab later in the afternoon we finish the day with some animations and start editing so we can watch all the film together tomorrow in the afternoon before the workshop in Pristina come to an end. Still a lot of work to do, but we're on course and it looks like it will be a great mixture of topics and genres.