One-minute films on “Children and Justice”
Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, 20 April 2012 – A presentation of 20 one-minute films on “Children and Justice” prepared by young people from different regions of Kyrgyzstan was held on 20 April. This was the result of a one-week workshop organised by Generation Insan Foundation, with financial and technical support from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union.
Most of the films were sad and related to the life stories of their makers with regrets about the past. However there were also films with a sign of hope for the future.
The presentation was attended by the Deputy Ombudsman and other state officials dealing with justice for children. Having watched the films, the guests thanked the young people for having courage to open their hearts. The Director of a special school shared: “There are four boys here from our school. It seemed to me that I knew them, but thanks to their one minute films I learnt so much more about them. I learnt so many positive things about them.” The children were excited about the process, proud of the results and looked forward to a new life.
In Kyrgyzstan the juvenile justice system is just beginning to develop. The new edition of the Child Code includes a section entitled “Justice for Children”, which addresses protection of children in conflict with the law and child victims and witnesses of crime. The aim of the reform is to apply educational influence rather than punitive measures, which are common today. This one-minute film project is a tool to support advocacy efforts and get the voices of children heard.
In Kyrgyzstan, this is the fourth time such an event has been conducted. The first was held in 2005 on HIV issues; the second, in 2009, raised the question of children deprived of parental care; and the third took place in 2010 covering peacebuilding. The work of the participants of these workshops can be found among other three thousand one-minute films at the website: http://www.theoneminutesjr.org .