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Kiribati One Minute Juniors Day 2 coverage

© Chris Schuepp
Workshop participant Bwena is filming in Bairiki for her OneMinutesJr video "The shrinking island".

By Chris Schuepp

TARAWA, Kiribati, 30 May 2012 - On the second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Kiribati, the young participants have to finalize their story ideas and get ready to start shooting.

The teenagers here grow up in an almost media-free environment - there is only a very limited number of TV and radio stations broadcasting in or to Kiribati, very few print publications can be bought and Internet access is also only available for a few people and through Internet cafes, but even then it is very slow and unreliable.

These circumstances have two effects: On the one hand, the young people we are working with this week are quite shy when it comes to taking to the cameras and doing the practical work. On the other hand, it is interesting to see how they soak up all the new information and form their own visions and film ideas with it. And, of course, the Pacific tradition of storytelling through drama plays a role as we can see in several of stories brought forward.

The workshop participants are all very concerned with their future and the future of the country. Some of them will produce films about their own personal dreams or expectations, others see things in a more holistic way and include their peers and fellow countrymen in their concerns.

Lisiona (19) is very worried about global climate change and its effect on Kiribati. He is aware of the problems the rising sea level will bring for his country. As a call for action, he suggests to film a coconut with the flag of Kiribati that disappears in the Pacific Ocean.

Nei Kan (13) and Tatoa (15) both decided to produce films about education. Nei Kan will feature her classroom teacher in her OneMinutesJr video: "My teacher is great. The classes are fun, we learn a lot and I really like going to school because of her." For Tatoa, education also plays a major role. "I want to be a good student and then
follow my dream and become an engineer."

But there are also more negative stories in the making. Mele (19) and Kavera (16) will both produce films about teenage pregnancy while 19-year-old Tekamauma will show how some people in Kiribati neglect their children over alcohol and bingo.

Now all story ideas are fixed and tomorrow is the big filming day with a busy schedule from morning to sunset.

 

 
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