OneMinutesJr workshop in Moldova - Day 4
Day 4 of the OneMinutesJr workshop starts with a visit from the UNICEF Representative in Moldova, Alexandra Yuster, and a group of journalists from the capital Chisinau. The journalists are very interested in the children's stories, ask questions, take interviews and want to have additional footage from the workshop so they can edit their pieces for tonight's TV news show.
Lena (14) gave her first interview today: "I was a bit nervous at the beginning, but it went very well. The journalists asked me how I did my film and what I want to say with it. I said that I want to show with my film how much I love my sister. She raised me instead of my mother and I love her very much."
The UNICEF Representative in Moldova, Alexandra Yuster, also talked with the children at the workshop and reminded them and the journalists of the children's rights: "Every child has the right to an opinion and to be heard. UNICEF supports young people – especially those who are marginalized – to share with the world their ideas, dreams, anxieties,and viewpoints. We organize OneMinutesJr trainings to give this opportunity to children whose voices are rarely heard. The training also provides young people with a new skill, encourages creativity, and strengthens confidence in their own abilities."
The afternoon is busy again with the last few films being shot. However, there is more to come in the evening as we kept a couple of films for the time after sunset tonight. These films require complete darkness and there is no way we could film them during the day.
It gets dark around 7.30 PM and half an hour later we are off to the train station. Not to go anywhere, but to film the last film of the day. Tudor (13) has a big family - he has two brothers and six sister. However, the parents are gone. They live and work in Moscow. The Moscow train arrives in Străşeni at 8.31 PM. Then we have four minutes to shoot Tudor's film before the train leaves the station again. That should be enough for Tudor, Ion and Alex to write "Mom, come back home" on the train.
Chris Schuepp - Străşeni, Moldova - September 10, 2009