OneMinutesJr workshop in Kyrgyzstan - Day 5
A short night and another long day are behind the participants of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Bishkek, but now the films are all finished. In the afternoon, the trainers still worked on the last few films together with the young "directors" while the rest of the participants visited the circus in the Kyrgyz capital. Many of the children come from orphanages and boarding-schools in villages quite far from Bishkek, so for some of them it was a "first ever" and Anara (14) is still impressed with the animals and the acrobats when the presentation of the OneMinutesJr videos starts after dinner.
However, when the lights are off and the films the children produced over the course of the past five days come on, the circus is history and the lives and the stories of the children take center stage again.
However, when the lights are off and the films the children produced over the course of the past five days come on, the circus is history and the lives and the stories of the children take center stage again. All the films are applauded by the children and their chaperones. It is once again amazing to see how many good ideas were turned into little video artworks in only five days.
In 10 days from tomorrow, experts and politicians from Central Asia, Azerbaijan and Turkey will meet for the international forum "Buillding and Reforming Child Care Systems". The films produced by the children and teenagers this week will get their next big screening at the forum - to show the decision-makers what it is really like to grow up in a child care institution in Central Asia. Everybody who participated in the workshop now hopes that the films will have an impact on the forum participants in mid-May - and maybe even a lasting impact on the children's lives.
Bishkek, Kyrgzystan - May 1, 2009 - Chris Schuepp