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OneMinutesJr workshop in Montenegro - Day 2

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2009
Muhamed (12) taking his first steps as a cameraman. Trainer Jose gives important hints for the beginner.

Bad news on the second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Budva, Montenegro. It has rained all night and it does not look like it is going to stop raining any time soon. This was supposed to be the first day of filming, but the heavy rain will at least postpone that until the early evening.

However, many story ideas still need some fine-tuning, so we go back to the individual brainstorming sessions with the participants. Today they are already much "sharper" when it comes to finding a good plot for their films, so by the time the weather clears up, we are ready to go. Trainer Jose accompanies Annamaria to the gym where she shows us her hobby, boxing, but in the case of her OneMinutesJr video, she does not fight against other boxers but against drugs, alcohol and other things that can prematurely end a childhood.

Muhamed takes his first steps as a cameraman today. He is in charge of the images for Angela's film. Angela is blind and tells us about the little problems in daily life and the stereotypes she encounters. "When I go shopping, people simply cannot understand that although I don't see what I buy, I still have a certain taste and I can feel a texture much better than most people and would never buy anything I don't feel comfortable wearing." In a nearby store in the Old Town of Budva the team shoots this scene in the early afternoon.

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2009
Getting ready for a filming session on Mogren Beach in Budva.

A few hundred meters further the next film is in the making. Some of the participants build sandcastles while one of the older participants acts as a bully. He destroys the sandcastle every time it is built, but in the end the smaller children win because the bully loses interest and cannot cope with the continuing efforts of the group.

When the rain starts again, we retreat to the workshop room and talk to the few participants who have not had a concrete film idea or a good story yet. While talking to Labinot (16), who tells us about dropping out of school at the age of 14, Hamza (15) sits nearby and listens carefully to what we discuss. He is next and his story is almost unbelievable...

Hamza was born in Kosovo and at the age of six, his parents moved with him to Montenegro because of the conflict in Kosovo. In the process, they lost all their documents, including his birth certificate. Their refugee status was uncertain for a long time and Hamza never went to school.

A 15 year-old boy in central Europe, in the year 2009, who has never seen the inside of a school in his life! Well, he will tomorrow. We are going to a school to film his story there, a story of a society and an education system that apparently has significant holes that children can slip through and end up without an education.

Budva, Montenegro - November 3, 2009 - Chris Schuepp





OneMinutesJr workshop in Montenegro, November 2009

The Convention’s newest member: Promoting child rights in the Republic of Montenegro

"Democracies are measured by their ability to offer all citizens an equal chance to participate in social, economic, political, and cultural life. They assume a special responsibility to provide for the well-being of their youth.

In the short years since its emergence as a democratic country, the Republic of Montenegro has recognized this and continues to establish policies and programmes that provide for the empowerment and development of children."

Full essay by Dr Gordana Djurovic, Professor of Economics in Podgorica



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