Participants of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Osh after the presentation.
OSH, Kyrgyzstan - November 20, 2010 - The last day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Osh finds us at the workshop venue again since we need to put the final touches on the films. All footage has been shot, loaded to the computers and now we are in the process of fine-tuning the films with the help of the children.
Most films will be produced in the Kyrgyz language and some in Russian, the second language of this Central Asian country. Later, we will add English subtitles so the films can go on the website and participate in the annual international OneMinutesJr competition. Interestingly, a young filmmaker from neighboring Tajikistan recently won the 2010 edition of the OneMinutesJr Awards.
The teenagers have to leave the workshop at 5 PM every day, because soon afterwards it gets dark in Osh and the parents usually want to have their children at home by this time since the fatal clashes sent shockwaves throught the Fergana Valley this summer. Our plan was therefore to have all films ready by 4.30 PM and we succeed in doing so.
However, there is one little problem: The power supply has been sketchy over the last couple of days and five minutes before we want to start the presentation of all 20 films, the power is gone again. No power, no projector, no film screening. But at 4.30 PM, the power is back and one by one, we show the works the children have produced over the last four days.
Everybody is really happy with their films and it is once again amazing to see how many different topics, scenarios, techniques and messages can be put into a series of OneMinutesJr videos by a group of teenagers.
The biggest compliment comes from a local TV journalist from Osh. She was part of the training-of-trainers prior to the workshop and has followed the whole process. After seeing the videos during the presentation, she says: "You all did a great job. You really touched me and I have to admit that I shed a few tears. The films are wonderful and I promise we will use some of them in our local TV programme."
The OneMinutesJr project continues, but for this year, the workshop season is over and it is time to reflect on all the brilliant films the children have produced this year.