Day Four – Time to edit
The fourth day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Astana is reserved for editing the films. While the group already started the process yesterday, there seems to be an endless stream of participants who come to the three trainers to edit their films.
The work only starts at 10 AM today since the editing already lasted till past midnight yesterday. But things need to get done now as the local media have put the presentation on their agendas for tomorrow afternoon. With only three laptop computers available, it is impossible to keep all the children entertained at all times. Therefore, a small group goes out in the early afternoon to ask the citizens of Astana what they think about the health care system in their countries.
Lera, Sascha and Evgeniya take a small camera and a hand-held microphone and become “street reporters“. Their come back with mixed impressions. Many of the people they asked were not willing to answer them at all, they just waved their hands and ran off. Those who did answer the question had some interesting things to say. Lera: “One man was overwhelmed by the quality of the health care system that I wasn't sure whether this was an honest answer or a simple display of patriotism. There were quite a few people who are satisfied with the way things are in the Kazakh health system, but there were also other who had a lot of criticism for it. One woman told us that she had to go to China for surgery as there are no qualified experts here. Another woman was telling us a real horror-story about a special clinic for infectious diseases that she had to go to.“
Many of the people also told Lera, Sascha and Evgeniya that the queues at the doctor's are too long and that medication is too expensive. The task now for the young reporters is to cut their material down to a series of OneMinutesJr videos that can be added to tomorrow's presentation. And at 11 PM, the editing is far from being finished...
Astana, Kazakhstan – July 24, 2008 – Chris Schuepp