|© ‘I Want to Speak’|
|Still from one-minute film ‘I Want to Speak’ by Malohat Toxtayeva (Uzbekistan).|
In the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – a landmark international agreement on the basic human rights of all children – UNICEF is featuring a series of stories about progress made and challenges that remain. Here is one of those stories.
NEW YORK, USA, 30 June 2009 – People all over the world can talk about children’s rights, but it is children themselves who have firsthand experience on the subject. In honour of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – which will be observed later this year – UNICEF is inviting young people around the world to share their thoughts on the issue in video form.
“People always say that teens are meant to be seen and not heard,” said Malaysian youth video maker Wan Su-Ann. “I have the very strong urge to tell people that we are teens, we have our opinions and we want the world to know.”
For filmmakers under 25
UNICEF has launched the CRC Video Contest as a platform for airing those opinions. Young people under the age of 25 are invited to create and submit one-minute films exploring the state of child rights in general or focusing on a specific right and telling a story.
Ten finalists will be featured on the UNICEF Voices of Youth website and on UNICEF’s social networking webpages, including Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. Then the winning film will have its world premiere at the CRC 20th anniversary celebration on 20 November; it will also be distributed to broadcasters worldwide.
“UNICEF held a similar contest in 2007 in honour of the 18th anniversary of the CRC,” said Executive Producer of Children’s Broadcasting Initiatives Karen Cirillo. “The winning film was from a group of teenagers from Argentina. They were so proud that the world got to see what was on their minds.”
Deadline: 1 August
This year’s competition is another unique chance for young people to have their voices heard by a global audience.
“Seeing what young people think about their rights is such an opportunity,” said Ms. Cirillo. “Some themes run across multiple nations, while others are unique to their countries or regions.
“We call on all youths to submit a film and tell their friends to submit a film,” she added. “The more films UNICEF receives, the better we are able to share the true feelings of kids around the world.”
Read about CRC Video Contest details here. And don’t forget to send in your video! The deadline for submissions is 1 August 2009.
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