OneMinutesJr workshop in Kosovo - Day 2
The second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Mitrovica, Kosovo, starts with more discussions and brainstorming about the film ideas.
We then give the children a quick introduction to the cameras and hand over the equipment to the children. It is important that they "experiment" with the cameras and get comfortable using them, because over the next two days, they will run the process and become directors and cameramen.
Interestingly, the smallest boys show the biggest interest in the cameras. It seems like Sultan (13) and his brother Mewruz (12) have glued them to their hands. But all others also want to have a go and so the cameras are handed over from one participant to the other.
In the afternoon, all stories have been finalized, the story-boards have been drawn and so we can start the fun part of the workshop. With a minibus and a car, all participants and trainers go to the Roma settlement, the mahala, near the center of the city. We need to take everybody, because the first story we film plays in a classroom and so we need a lot of students there.
Albert's story is that he returned to Kosovo from Germany four years ago and did not speak a word of Albanian. His film is set in school and the teacher speaks Albanian with him, Albert then turns to the camera and says in German: "Did you understand that? I didn't when I came back from Germany. It took me two years before I could start school again here in Kosovo."
After this, we film a part of Nerdji's film. Near the Roma mahala, new houses are built and Nerdji (11) and her family have been promised to move there after about 11 years of roaming from one place to the other in and around Mitrovica.
Tomorrow we have the toughest filming schedule of the week with four films in the morning and four in the afternoon including some travel to the northern part of Mitrovica and to a village 50 kilometers away.
Mitrovica, Kosovo - April 27, 2010 - Chris Schuepp