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OneMinutesJr workshop in Gyumri, Armenia (4)

by Chris Schuepp

Gyumri, ARMENIA, 21 February 2013 - Day 4 of the OneMinutesJr could be also be called "Landslide Day", because today we work with those participants who have decided that they want to do their films on the danger of landslides in Armenia.

Campaining for better landslide awareness, workshop participant Davit (centre), cameraman Karlen and a local boy from Akhuryan village. - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013

Our participants Rubik (10) from Vayots Dzor province and Davit (13) from Gegharkunik province live in more mountainous regions of Armenia and landslides are quite common where they come from. So the two boys have developed stories that will focus on the danger of landslides and how to get prepared for it.

Davit has prepared a flyer with the most important info on landslides. He goes through Akhuryan village near Gyumri and hands out the flyers while Karlen (14) is filming him. Davit is putting disaster risk reduction into practice and shows that children have the power to do successful advocacy with simple means. Learn the facts and then share them with others!

Rubik and the mudslide film set in Akhuryan village, Shirak province, Armenia. - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013

Rubik (10) is the youngest participant and his film will also target the younger audience. He is sitting outside his parent's house and plays with construction cars in the sand. The bully from next door sees him, pours a bucket of water over the construction site and laughs. Rubik asks him: "What are you doing?" The answer is a simple "mudslide, mudslide, mudslide" and more laughter.

But Rubik does what needs to be done in a landslide-prone region. He fortifies his construction slope with rocks, trees and puts up danger signs. The bully shows up again, but he sees the new developments and gives up.

Editing with trainer David from Georgia at the workshop in Gyumri. - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013

In the late afternoon all 14 films of this workshop have been shot, now we are off to the editing desks in the workshop room with the children also preparing their voice-overs, subtitles and credit lists. Tomorrow afternoon everything has to be ready for the final screening of the films. Parents, friends and the local media have been invited and the clock is ticking.






OneMinutesJr workshop in Gyumri


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