OneMinutesJr workshop in Osh, Kyrgyzstan - Day Two
OSH, Kyrgyzstan - November 18, 2010 - The second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, starts with another round of one-on-one discussions with the participants about their stories. However, this time we already go into more detail and decide together with the 20 teenagers, which scenes are to be filmed and where and when we will do it.
Working with 20 young people on 20 short videos in a period of only four days is quite a challenge. Therefore, we need to be very well organized when we go out to do the filming in and around Osh. In the afternoon, the plan is to start the filming and so at 1 PM, everybody gets on board of a bus and we are out in the streets of Kyrgyzstan's second biggest city.
The first film location is the Sacred Mountain Sulayman-Too, where people come to put colourful ribbons on the trees to make their wishes come true. Arslan's film will show exactly this and the voice-over, which will be recorded later, will tell us what kind of dreams and wishes he and the rest of the young generation of Kyrgyzstan have.
Another film this afternoon brings us to the suburb of Cheremushki, one of the centers of the violence that spread through Osh in June this year. Many houses are burnt, staff of the Red Cross and of the UNHRC walk through the streets and help people to rebuild their houses and their lives. It is an eerie atmosphere and the girls from our workshop who have chosen this location for their film want to transport this atmosphere into their film.
What is very important to them though is the fact that they do not want to do this to point the finger at anybody or to put the blame on one of the ethnic groups involved in the conflict. What they want to show is that nobody deserves to have their houses burnt and children killed. "We want to remind people, that's all. We, the young people of Osh, don't want this to happen again. Not now and not in the future."
More filming is underway in the late afternoon and tomorrow will see a very hectic schedule since the workshop has already reached its "half-time".