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OneMinutesJr workshop in Ust-Kamenogorsk - Day 4

by Chris Schuepp

UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan, 6 September 2012 - The fourth day of the workshop with the teenagers from East Kazakhstan will see the participants busy with the final filming and the beginning of the editing of the videos.

Checking the neighbourhood for earthquake-proof buildings - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012>

Since most of the films were already recorded yesterday, including a very entertaining nightshift with a fake earthquake and extremely good amateur actresses (aunts and mothers of the participants), we can focus on the remaining few today and also already start the editing and fine-tuning of the films.

Saken (14) has to go to the IT room in School No. 45 here in Ust-Kamenogorsk where the workshop takes place. He wants to find out the global statistics concerning natural disasters. Flooding, wild fires and earthquakes are on his list. He will then compare the numbers with those of a not so natural disaster: smoking.

In the afternoon we take a closer look at the residential buildings in the outskirts of the city. Madina (14) is concerned about roofs and the walls and what might happen to them in case of an earthquake. She talks to the locals who pass by the camera, but nobody seems as concerned as the 14-year-old girl herself.

Next step: editing - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012

Another film we finish today is Nazerke's movie about her uncle, who as a politician in the early 1990s was one of the main forces behind the closure of the Polygon, the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site less than three hours by car from here. The Soviet Union conducted a total of 456 nuclear test there before the closure of the site in 1991 and even the young generation of today is still concerned about the radiation level. Nazerke's uncle has become a local hero and the 14-year-old girl's film will be a testimony to his achievement.



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