OneMinutesJr workshop - Day 5
ANTANANARIVO, 18 March 2011 - It is very hard to believe for both the child participants and the facilitators of the OneMinutesJr workshop here in Madagascar that we have reached the final day of the seminar already. After the first couple of days of story development, especially days 3 and 4 with the frantic filming schedule all over Antananarivo seemingly went by in a minute.
All work today is focused to on the 5 PM deadline when parents, UNICEF staff and journalists will come to the Centre Culturel Albert Camus to watch the premiere of the OneMinutesJr and give the children credit for what they have achieved throughout the week.
While the facilitator Vivian from the USA and Nikki from the Netherlands fine-tune the films together with the children, coordinator Chris from Germany together with local coordinator Narindra from the UNICEF office in Antananarivo make sure that the "entry forms" are properly filled in. All children and their films will participate in the 2011 OneMinutesJr Award and have a chance to win a camera if their film is selected for the highest OneMinutesJr honors. Also, all films will soon be on the project website, alongside almost 3000 other films produced by children from around the world.
Impressions from the workshop
With a slight delay - and waiting for the sun to set so the movie theater atmosphere kicks in - the presentation of the videos starts in the late afternoon. Daniel Timme, Head of UNICEF's External and Media relations in Madagascar, addresses the children and the rest of the crowd, drawing attention to the right of children to be heard and their right to actively participate in the media. After a short wrap-up by the facilitators, the films hit the big screen for the first time.
16 participants, 5 day - 16 OneMinutesJr films that give a great portrait of the "Challenges, hopes & dreams" of teenagers in Madagascar. The vast majority of the films have a positive outlook and are characterized by the willingness of the children to succeed in life. There are also critical views of life in Antananarivo with its poverty, pollution and the difficulties in finding a proper job, but in general the attitude of the films is a hopeful and positive one.
After all films have been screened, journalists interview the children and the trainers and you can see some of the participants discussing the films and overall results of the workshop with each other and their parents. The seminar is now officially over, but the films will still go a long way: They will soon be on the website, they will also be part of a local film festival here in Antananarivo and the UNICEF office will make use of them in advocacy and with the media in Madagascar in order to advance child rights and make sure the children's opinions and views are heard.
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.