The OneMinutesJr Vanuatu
PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 11 July 2011 - 20 young people from Vanuata have gathered in the Pacific island's capital Port Vila today to participate in a OneMinutesJr video workshop organized by UNICEF and hosted by the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation.
Over the next five days, the youngsters will become script-writers, directors, cameramen, camerawomen and actors/actresses. All of them will create their own 60-second video with the help of trainers from UNICEF and the One Minute Foundation, 20 short film altogether about topics ranging from child poverty to violence again children as well as water & hygiene and immunization.
The first day of the workshop starts with mutual introductions from the workshop organizers and the participants. The young boys and girls who come from different parts of Vanuatu but are mainly based in the capital Port Vila are still a bit shy, but this is soon to change with the trainers breaking the ice by showing films produced by other teenagers in workshops held not too far from here in Fiji and Papua New Guinea in the past two years, but also films from Europe and the rest of the world.
After a short lunch break, the teenagers are encouraged to speak up and present their general film ideas and then shape them into a story and eventually into a real story-board with a script and a list of actors, props and locations they need for the filming.
It soon becomes obvious that especially violence against children and water issues are high on the children's agenda. The fact that many people here are still polluting the rivers, dumping their garbage regardless of the fact that other people further downstream use the water for washing and sometimes even drinking the water will become a topic in one of the films. Also, water issues coupled with poverty have come up with many families still lacking access to clean water at home and being in a position where they have to walk for 15 minutes and more one way to fetch water at a well or a river.
Unfortunately, the topic "violence against children" for the short films to be produced at the workshop is also high in demand. Domestic violence, violence in schools in the form of teacher-to-student violence but also extreme bullying will play a role in the next few days.
We continue the discussions and the brainstorming about the film ideas until after sunset so that with some more fine-tuning tomorrow morning, we will be able to start filming by the afternoon of the second day of the training here in Port Vila.
Vanuatu workshop - Day 2
Vanuatu workshop - Day 3