Vanuatu workshop - Day 5
by Chris Schuepp
PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 15 July 2011 - Hard to believe, but the final day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Port Vila has already begun. Four days of brainstorming, filming and editing are behind us already and we only have a few hours left to finalize all the films and get them ready for the big screen.
Delrie (16) has actually brought her guitar and wrote a song for her film which deals with the economic problems in Vanuatu concerning children whose parents are divorced. Delrie herself is one of those teenagers and she told us that her father cannot afford her school fees anymore so she had to drop out of school. Hearing her sing to produce the soundtrack for her video leaves us with the hope that she could at least start a career as a singer.
Nenneth has produced a film in support of women's rights in Vanuatu. The 15-year-old wants to make clear that women have the same rights as men and that the men should not decide for the women. Her "hook" is fashion and that fact that men here often tell women not to wear make-up and not to wear nice clothes. But for Nenneth, this custom has to stop. We see the flag of Vanuatu and a lot of women's accessories, taken away by a man. Then the things appear again, put back on the flag by a woman. And the soundtrack once again is written and performed by Nenneth's friend Delrie.
It is 5 PM when we walk over to the Nambawan Cafe on the seafront in the very center or Port Vila. The cafe has a large outdoor screen and this is where the final presentation will take place. The sun goes down and the projector is turned on for the 20 OneMinutesJr videos the young people have managed to produce over the course of the last five days.
Violence against children, child poverty and water & sanitation were the main topics that UNICEF Pacific had identified for this workshop and the 20 films are a great mirror of what happens in Vanuatu to children when it comes to these topics. There is a round of applause for every single film and the last film before the certificates of participation are handed out really shows what creative film-making is all about. Do you have a minute?
With the workshop in Vanuatu finished now and the films ready to go on the air on tbv, the trainers move on to the Solomon Islands where another 20 teenagers are waiting for their turn with the OneMinutesJr project next week.