OneMinutesJr workshop in Tajikistan - Day 2
Day 2 of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Tajikistan starts with another quick round of discussions with the participants about their films. Trainers David and Olivia from the Netherlands take over while I sneak out to join the UNICEF Communication Officer in Tajikistan in reporting about the recent polio cases in the country.
Hospital #1 in Dushanbe is a busy place these days. The second round of the national polio immunization campaign is ongoing and parents are lining up with the children to get the life-saving immunization drops. We shoot inside the hospital, interview doctors, parents and finally also a UNICEF spokeswoman who has come to the hospital to get her 7-months-old son immunized and to answer our questions on the polio cases and what is being done to stop the outbreak in Tajikistan.
Back in the workshop venue, everybody has gathered for lunch and five films have already been shot. In the afternoon, we continue the filming and walk down the valley with a group of participants to shoot Mansur's film. His sister was very sick a few years ago from a water-borne disease and he is telling us her story against the backdrop of an old iron bridge which a girl crosses slowly, staring at the raging waters below her.
On the way back, we are lucky to get another glimpse of Tajik reality. A couple of men walk down to the river with buckets. They put the buckets down, wash their feet, their hands, their faces. Then they "brush" their teeth with the river water and their fingers. After that, they fill the buckets and walk back home. 15 minutes from the Tajik capital by car and the people do not have running water at home anymore.
Mansur (16) and Madina (16), who was the actress in the movie we just filmed on the bridge, get the camera out again and film the scene so they can produce another film, one that is as close to real life as it gets.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan - 15 May, 2010 - Chris Schuepp