OneMinutesJr workshop in Moldova - Day 2
We spend the whole morning of the second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Străşeni with more discussions about the films. While the batteries for the cameras are charging in the big workshop room and most of the children work on their story-boards there, we go back to the small room and invite the children individually to share their stories with us.
Usually we are more or less set to start filming at the end of the first day, but this time the preparatory process takes a bit longer, mainly because the participants' stories are much more complex. Liuba (13) wants to show a girl painting a picture of a house and a happy family. As soon as the drawing is finished, somebody comes and tears it apart. The girl has to start over from the beginning. This happens a few times - and every time her dream gets destroyed by someone else.
Nadea (13) tells the story of a girl she knows. The girl has to beg for money in the streets, takes the money home and hopes her parents will buy food for the family. However, her mother and father prefer to spend the money for alcohol while the girl's plate remains empty.
Maria (13) has a special story. While most of the other children were left in the boarding school by their parents because they could not support them financially anymore or because the parents were divorced, migrated to Western Europe or had to go to jail, Maria does not remember her parents anymore at all. She was placed in the boarding school in Straseni at the age of four. She cannot remember her parents at all.
"I cannot say that I miss my father and my mother. I simply miss a mother and a father...", says Maria while discussing with the trainers what might be the best way of showing her emotions in the OneMinutesJr video she is about to produce. Together with the trainers, Maria comes to the conclusion that she will tell her story and show a man and a woman walk towards the camera. As they get closer and closer, their faces get blurry and when they have made it all the way into the foreground, they remain anonymous people. Parents without a face!
In the afternoon, the sun comes out and we take everybody into the school-yard to shoot the first films. Tanya is first with a film about loneliness, because despite being around 350 other children all the time here in the boarding school in Straseni, she does feel lonely at times.
Next is Alina who dresses up nicely just to be completely soaked in her film with buckets full of water. In her film, she talks about violence against children. The "water story" is one that she still remembers most vividly. Tomorrow we have to do the voice-over for this film and then the first couple of movies are ready to go online.
Chris Schuepp - Străşeni, Moldova - September 8, 2009