OneMinutesJr workshop - Day 1
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 14 March 2011 - Sixteen children between the age of 12-19 have gathered in the Centre Culturel Albert Camus in the Malagasy capital Antananarivo to participate in this week's OneMinutesJr workshop. "Challenges, hopes & dreams" is the topic of the five-day workshop in which the teenagers will learn how to tell their own personal stories in a 60-second video.
At the beginning, it is always hard to imagine for the children that in only five days, they will become film directors, actors, cameramen and editors of their own films. However, exactly this is the plan! The OneMinutesJr trainers from the USA, the Netherlands and Germany are here to help the Malagasy teenagers develop their story idea and shape them into touching and enlightening short videos.
The first part of the opening day is traditionally reserved for mutual introductions and a first look at some OneMinutesJr videos already produced by other children from around the world. This breaks the ice and gives the teenagers the courage they need to take up the challenge of story developing and film-making.
The afternoon is dedicated to individual talks with the participants and a lot of brainstorming and initial story development. There are already some very good ideas from the boys and girls who come from different social backgrounds. There are children from a Young Reporters Club, some from the scouts movement, but also some from an association for street children.
Many of the participants have very concrete hopes for the future: They want to become teachers, doctors, pilots. And they also know that education is key in achieving their goals. However, they also know there are obstacles and so the films will be a mixture of positive outlooks and negative perceptions of life in Madagascar. Sixteen personal stories, personal views, personal visions.
Time to start filming. Tomorrow.
The OneMinutesJr is a UNICEF-supported video initiative that highlights and celebrates the diversity among youth around the world.
Workshop participants produce videos of sixty seconds that are positive and powerful examples of the way visual arts works as a communication tool across cultural, geographic and national borders.