OneMinutesJr workshop in Batken - Day 2BATKEN, Kyrgyzstan, 19 November 2013 - On the second day of the workshop in the Karabak School of the Batken District in Kyrgyzstan we continue the story development with the participating children. There is a lot more to do before we can start filming.
The school bell of the Karabak Middle School in Kyrgyzstan - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013
It is - as always at the OneMinutesJr workshops - quite a challenge: 20 children who want to create 20 films in only 5 days. And they all have lots of ideas and it is our task to find out what is most important to them and also doable under the given circumstances. But yesterday's brainstorming was very successful and by noon today we have talked at least twice to all participants and have a really good idea of what everybody wants to film.
After the lunch break we can actually start filming already. Since we are holding the workshop here in the Karabak Middle School just outside of Batken, the classrooms are the natural environment for some of the film ideas. It is also the place where the children learn a lot about Disaster Risk Reduction in special classes and with special manuals in Kyrgyz and Russian.
Kurban (17) has no experience with the camera, but the first couple of days of this workshop have already shown that he has a special talent with moving images. He picks up the skill immediately and tries to practice them wherever he can. So Kurban ends up filming not only his own movie but also those of some other participants.
When it is his own turn to be the director, he also turns into an actor. But his role is not a funny one. Kurban finds himself buried under a closet that fell over during an earthquake. In the end we see that this is only a fictional emergency and the 17-year-old also has the solution at hand. "Make sure all your closets are tightly fixed to the wall, then they won't hurt you during an earthquake and you will be fine."
Tomorrow we are taking a break from the school routine in Karabak. The whole group will be on a minibus out in the villages of the Batken District, filming as many stories as possible on Day III of this five-day workshop.