OneMinutesJr workshop in Azerbaijan - Day 3
On Day Three of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Guba, Azerbaijan, we have a full filming schedule with four films in the morning and five in the afternoon. Plus the editing in the evening, of course.
So we start out early and split into two groups. Trainer Kristina from Estonia takes a group of children to film Narra's movie about "freedom" and then another one, Tamara's film about a boy who throws his rubbish away carelessly. For this film we have arranged to meet with a staff member of the Guba Olympic Center, one of the janitors who is in charge of watering the flowers and the green areas in the vast complex. He drives a water truck with a nice big hose. The team films him doing his job and when Kamran, one of the participants and Tamara's main actor for this movie, comes and throws things away in the middle of the park. Needless to say, Kamran is in for a nice cold shower!
I take the remaining kids to the big football stadium where we plan to do another two films. Togrul (15) found his main actor in Elvin (14), who is slightly disabled and cannot walk very well. He loves playing football though, but he is hardly ever allowed to join the other kids. Same again today in our film. Elvin is left out and he is suffering from this situation. But then his chance to impress comes when the ball suddenly rolls over to him. He hits it very hard and it finds the back of the net. This finally earns him the respect of the other children.
In the afternoon there is more work to do, this time outside the Olympic Center. We go into the city to film a couple of stories there. One is about a father who loves the bottle more than his son. We film it in a run-down neighbourhood and immediately attract a lot of spectators. We tell everybody what we do and they give us the "thumbs up" for producing films about child health issues and child rights. But this is nothing against the following scene. One of the boys lies in the street, covered with tomato sauce (i.e. film blood). Kamran (15) wants to show with his film what social exclusion can lead to. The boy in the street was a poor boy who was permanently bullied by the richer kids until he decided to take his own life.
There are more films underway and after dinner, the editing process starts for the workshop group in Azerbaijan.
Guba, Azerbaijan - June 30, 2010 - Chris Schuepp