OneMinutesJr workshop in Bishkek - Day 2
by Chris Schuepp
BISHKEK, 25 February 2014 - On day 2 of the OneMinutesJr workshop in the capital of Kyrgyzstan we continue the work on the story development and plan to start filming in the afternoon.Yesterday we had a first round of individual interview with the 20 participants and today we start off the day with round 2, in which we already focus more on the storyboards and the different options we have to give the ideas their visual appearance.
The topic of the workshop is "Violence against children" and we hear more and more variations of the theme as we progress with the individual sessions. Peer-pressure and bullying can have fatal consequences. The UNICEF-supported project "School without violence" implemented in Kyrgyzstan and other countries in our region tries to sensitize children and young people to the dangers. Aidana (15) from the Issyk-Kul region makes teenage suicide the topic of her OneMinutesJr video this week. All we need is a flashlight and a rope, together with a great text written and read out by Aidana and the first movie of the workshop is filmed and edited.
Nani (16) is acting in Aidana's film about bullying and its consequences - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014
There are a few more films that can be shot already today, especially those that do not play in a school environment. We have an appointment at a local school in Bishkek for tomorrow and will spend the whole day there to get all the movies done which have "violence in school" as the main topic.
Ayana (15) has shared another story about peer-pressure with us. This time it is more about psychological than about physical violence. Ayana lives in a relatively poor rural area on the east coast of Lake Issyk-Kul. There are gangs of girls going around pressing others for money. So the little money Ayana has gets less and less throughout the week because she can not withstand the pressure of the gang.
Vlad (14) is obviously taking his new hobby very serious - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2014
Two more videos are filmed in the evening and the participants stay in the workshop room until long after the closure of the workshop to start editing the films with the trainers, creating soundtracks and doing voice-overs. After all the story development of days 1 and 2, the practical work has finally begun.