OneMinutesJr workshop in Batken - Day 4BATKEN, Kyrgyzstan, 21 November 2013 - Day 4 of the OneMinutesJr workshop in the South of Kyrgyzstan sees us back in the Karabak Middle School after yesterday's field trip into the mountains. The cold has also reached the city of Batken and all participants and trainers don't get out of their coats the whole day since it is freezing cold in the classroom where we hold the workshop.
Multi-tasking is the motto of the day. A few films are already being edited while others still need to be filmed and everybody is working on voice-overs and translations at the same time. Albina (13) is working on an animation movie about avalanches. The road leading from the District capital Batken to her village goes through the mountains and in winter there is a constant danger of avalanches.
The animation shows a solution to the problem by building walls to keep the snow in the winter from forming avalanches and later also the mud so there are no mudslides or landslides that endanger the people and the animals in this mountainous region.
Editing films in the classroom of the school in Karabak this brings us back to yesterday's interview that Jyrgalbek (16) did with a local shepherd. The problems there were similar and the solution also, only that the local farmers plant trees to keep the earth from moving downhill rather than walls as in today's animation.
To completely finish Albina's OneMinutesJr we need some sound effect. It is always great when the participants play instruments and bring them to the workshop, but today it has to be a local woman from the neighbourhood who does the magic. She plays a komuz, a traditional Kyrgyz three-string guitar. A tragic song is on the playlist for the opening part of the video where the avalanche hits and a much more upbeat song is next for the lighter part of the video.
A couple of films still need to be filmed, the editing is ongoing and Kyrgyz texts are translated into English via Russian for the international subtitles. If everything works as expected, tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM all films are ready for the big premiere - local decision-makers have been invited, families, friends and a handful of other people who were involved with the workshop, including the woman with the komuz, of course.