OneMinutesJr workshop in Bishkek - Day 5
by Chris Schuepp
BISHKEK, 28 February 2014 - The last day of February is also the last day of our OneMinutesJr workshop in the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. "Time consumption", "Loose hands" or "Knots" are just a few of the titles chosen by the young participants for their one-minute movies that are about to be shown for the first time today at the final presentation.
The final hours of a workshop are usually very stressful. The last subtitles are translated, titles changed, last minute edits undertaken and the certificates have to be written so they can be handed out at the end of the day.
When the first local media teams arrive at the workshop venue, the films are not completely ready yet. But this means there is a chance for some interviews and so the young participants can tell about their experiences and describe the stories they filmed.
The UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan, the Deputy Ombudsman for Children in Kyrgyzstan, members of child rights NGOs and a representative of the Ministry of Youth Affairs have all came to the presentation and - after watching the films together with the participants - find warm words for the teenage filmmakers.
"We are adults and although we were children, too, we sometimes find it hard to see what you see. So these films are real eye-openers. They tell the stories about violence as you witness them. And that is important for us to know so we can react and build partnerships to make your lives better", said the UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan, Jonathan Veitch.
Then it is time for the certificates and a group photo and we wrap up this 5-day workshop in Bishkek on "violence against children". The next workshop is already around the corner - we are starting this coming Monday with another 20 young Kyrgyz participants in Karakol near Lake Issyk-Kul - the topic then is "water & sanitation".