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OneMinutesJr workshop in Astana - Day 5

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2009
Group photo with UNICEF Kazakhstan Representative Hanaa Singer (centre)

Another short night is behind most of the participants and especially behind the trainers. Editing did not finish before the early hours of the morning and there are still some final touches to made before the presentation starts at 11 AM in the boarding school where the whole workshop took place. It is going to be a "participants only"-screening with one exception: Hanaa Singer, the UNICEF Representative in Kazakhstan, will come to the premiere of the films to see what the outcomes of the workshop are.

Usually we invite friends, family members and the media to the final presentations at the OneMinutesJr workshops, but there is a number of problems this time: Kazakhstan is a huge country, so inviting friends and family of those participants who had to travel more than 1000 kilometers to the capital Astana is completely out of the question. Also, this workshop is only a first step on the road to the Regional Consultation Forum later this year - that is where the media will be invited and where the results of the consultation process will be presented.

With less than an hour to go, the trainers realize that one film has "slipped through" and has not even been captured or edited yet. But there is still some time left and so we start this last-minute operation...

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2009
Participant Askar (right) wants to interview UNICEF's Hanaa Singer after the presentation.

It is Denis' film about teenage alcoholism that we still need to edit. "Slipped through" is the right term - just like the Kazakh law that forbids the sale of alcohol to minors seems to have slipped through with the shop owners. When Denis and some of the younger workshop participants made the test near the workshop venue, they all had no problems buying alcohol. The film shows exactly this and then finishes with the text of the law.

After the coffee-break, all films are ready to go and the presentation starts. After each video, the producers gets the deserved applause and a chance to explain why the topic he or she chose emerged as the most important issue to produce a film about. After all 13 films have been screened, the UNICEF Representative Hanaa Singer congratulates the participants to their fantastic work, wishing them the best of luck in the next few months with their filming of the regional consultation.

Addressing all the participants of the workshop, Mrs Singer said in her closing remarks: "You have a burden on your shoulders after this training... So go back to your communities, switch on your antennas, listen, watch and think and be the voice of your peers. We count on you to make us listen to what your generations wants to say, your problems, your issues of concern, and your dreams!"

Astana, Kazakhstan - July 12, 2009 - Chris Schuepp



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