Day Three of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Sarajevo
"Education #1" says a graffiti on a little shed near the school in Vojkovici - since today!Irfan, one of the boys from the OneMinutesJr workshop, had the following idea for his film: Three teenagers spray a graffiti on a wall that says "Education #1". A neighbour passes by and starts screaming at the boys who run away and "flee" into their school. There, they continue their "work" and write "graffiti is art" on the chalk-board. The filming is only interrupted at times by the many curious school-children running around the school-yard where the filming takes place and by the teenagers playing basketball on the nearby court. But this can be fixed in the editing process - no problem!
The next filming of the day also takes place at the same school. A group of "rich" girls enter the building and while they do this, they give a "poor" girl standing outside some strange looks. This, however, does not prevent them from asking the "poor" girl for help during an exam because the "poor" girl is apparently a better student. Of course, the "poor" girl helps the others, hoping to get access to the group. In the end, school is over and the "rich" girls slam the door in front of "poor" girl. A sad story, no happy end, but apparently also a true story, because otherwise the Bosnian kids at the workshop would not use it as a film idea.
It is not always easy to get to the heart of matters when working with children. The other day the trainers talked to Sabahudin (19), who comes from a little village near Tuzla. Sabahudin's strory went like this: "A teenage boy is with his father since his mother died when he was three years old. Then his father also dies, but he finds out that he has a sister. When he wants to meet his sister for the very first time, she is overrun and killed by a car while the boy witnesses the accident."
"Wow... heavy stuff!", was the first reaction from the trainers. But then they kept asking. "Why do you want to make a film like that? Has something like that happened to you? Where is the personal connection? Why do YOU want to make a film like that? Do you feel lonely at times, like the boy in the story?" Then, after a while, Sabahudin opens up and "confesses" that his parents pay much more attention to his little sister than to him. That he feels lonely, that he feels left out, that he feels neglected. The way he tells his true story is amazing, so the trainers convince him to rather tell his own story in his own words than a fictional story with accidents and killings. Sabahudin gets some time to write his story, time it so it is not longer than a minute and then the filming starts. Sabahudin wants to tell the story while laying in bed and before he starts shooting the film with a cameraman, he makes sure the door is locked so nobody comes in unexpectedly. It is obvious how hard it is for him to do this, but is determined to tell his story. At the end of the film, he says the words: "Mom, I wish you stood outside the door and heard me..."
The last film of the day is yet to be shot. A smaller group will go to the center of Sarajevo tonight and film in a coffee bar and near a mosque, a Catholic and an Orthodox church. The story is simple: Three boys have a coffee together, then they split up: One goes to the mosque, one to the Orthodox church and one to the Catholic church. Afterwards they meet up again and have another coffee. The message: We have different cups, but the coffee all comes from the same pot!
May 14, 2008 - Sarajevo, BiH - Chris Schuepp
Note: Of course, the OneMinutesJr participants asked the principal of the school in Vojkovici for permission before spraying the graffiti on the shed on the school premises!