OneMinutesJr workshop - Day 3
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 16 March 2011 - The third day of a OneMinutesJr workshop traditionally is the big filming day. In the morning, the "marching orders" are given and the group is split into two teams. Some films play in similar settings, so the children involved in these films are grouped together and will help each other with their films throughout the day.
Our first stop is a wood shop in a suburb of the Malagasy capital. The wood shop is a local initiative and gives young boys the chance to learn the craft and prepare for a future job as a wood carver or carpenter. Eric (18), one of the participants, wants his film to be about this since he himself is learning the craft. While the (youth) unemployment rate is relatively low in Madagascar, getting a good education or an apprenticeship is still the top priority for teenagers who want to succeed in life.
After this we continue our tour through Antananarivo and drive uphill and downhill to a university campus where Aina wants to shoot his film about bullying. The 18-year-old loves playing basketball, but he is not very tall and it happens quite often that the other teenagers laugh about him. But Aina does not mind - he continues his practice and when he does well, he gets encouraged by his success and the bullying does not matter to him anymore.
The whole day we stop here and there to film bits and pieces for Hajasoa's film. The 19-year old is a football referee and youth coach. He wants do something about all the bad things happening in his city and therefore he blows the whistle and gives out the red card for smoking, drinking, littering and other nasty things. "Red card on the Red Island" is the title of his funny but educational film.
One of our last stops for the day is a community library for children in a poor part of the Malagasy capital. Tanjona is 17 and he used to go to the library for years to sing songs with other children and listen to the educators and volunteers reading from books and telling stories. Today, Tanjona has changed sides and now he is the one who volunteers at the centre and sings and dances with the little children. The room is absolutely packed with 2-10 year old children and the atmosphere is lively to say the least. Looking around, all you can see is smiling faces.
There are only a few films left to shoot for tomorrow, so we are on schedule and can continue with the editing on day 4 of the OneMinutesJr workshop here in Madagascar.
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.