Vanuatu workshop - Day 3
by Chris Schuepp
PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 13 July 2011 - Half-time at the OneMinutesJr workshop in Port Vila, but this means that the hardest part has only just begun...
Yesterday we already started filming, but today is the day with the heaviest filming schedule. All participants are out in groups at the locations they selected for their scenarios. In the morning we visit a secondary school where two stories will be turned into short videos.
Ericka (18) tells the story of a girl who was beaten by her teacher for showing up too late in the morning. She runs home, tells her parents and then her father storms into the school to straighten things out with the teacher, but not in a very friendly way. However, Ericka's film takes a positive spin when the principal takes the father and the teacher aside and settles the matter through talking rather than through violence.
Florence 's story also plays at school, but here it is the financial side of school that gives reason for concern. Secondary schools cost money and with the high prices in Vanuatu and the economic problems of many families, school fees are a major problem for parents and student. In Florence's film, Sano (15) gets thrown out of school for not paying the fees. With the unemployment rate being quite high, dropping out of school is most likely turning a student's life dramatically into the wrong direction.
In the afternoon, we go out to villages near the capital Port Vila where we produce films about domestic violence and also on water issues. Water is available, but it takes a long walk downhill with the empty buckets and then a steep hike uphill again with the full water containers to fetch the water. The effort needed to do this often scares people off washing their hands and therefore leads to hygienic problems and becomes a health issue.
In another part of the village, the motto is "no pleple lo faea", "don't play with fire". A child watches its parents fight near the fireplace and later in the day, in the playground, the child copies the actions and beats up a smaller child. The visual flashbacks show where the child got the ideas and then it will say "don't play with fire".
More filming coming up tomorrow on the penultimate day of the workshop, alongside editing, editing and more editing...