Violence through the eyes of teenagers
"What does violence look like, what does violence feel like? And how do we show it in a minute?"
October 5 2006 - These questions are on the minds of 21 teenagers from Albania this week. They have met in the Marubi Film School to produce OneMinuteJr films on different forms of violence against children. Supported by UNICEF Albania, the teenagers and their trainers will spend five days writing, filming and editing their stories. They will be ready in time for the launch of the UN Study on Violence against Children next week (October 11/12, 2006). The films will open the national launch event for the global UN study in the capital Tirana.
On the first day of the workshop (October 4), the teenagers wrote their stories and tried to transform the written lines into pictures and moving images. Today (October 5), they have already started filming and the first stories are almost ready for editing.
Topics chosen by the Albanian teenagers include different forms of violence in various settings. Violence in schools - both by teachers and peer-to-peer violence - is featured in the films as well as violence at home, both pyhsical and psychological. There are also films about sexual abuse and the connection between poverty and violence. The most frequently used topic is that of smacking, apparently still a widely-spread custom among Albanian parents.
The OneMinuteJr videos give the teenagers a chance to show their personal point-of-view. The videos will help them raise awareness for the different forms of violence children suffer from and they hope that this is a first step to end violence against children.
All the videos will can also be seen on this website from next week - and on the project website of the OneMinutesJr.
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