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OneMinutesJr workshop in Montenegro - Day 4

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2009
Milica acting as a pharmacist in her own film at the OneMinutesJr workshop in Montenegro.

Day Four of the OneMinutesJr workshop and "the heat is on".

The participants get lunch-time today as a deadline for filming. After that, we will not accept any new footage anymore! Of course we will, but the deadline really gets the 20 youngsters going this morning.

Trainer Jose accompanies Hamza (15) to a local school in Budva, where we have arranged a class, a teacher and a room for the filming. This is Hamza's first time ever in a school, at the age of 15. Upon his return from the filming, Jose says: "It was great, but Hamza definitely looked sort of out of place there. It was quite obvious that he doesn't have any experience how to behave in a school setting."

Jose also took Marianne with him, one of the two blind participants, who had to be filmed playing the piano. The song will be both the sound-track of her video as well as part of the story line.

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2009
Sara (14) and Milos (14) editing one of the films at the workshop.

At the same time, Milica and a few other participants are out in the Old Town of Budva again. They have to shoot some additional footage for Tijana's film about street children, take some short interviews with people in the streets about "what are you afraid of?" and last but not least, Milica want to finally start with her own film.

Milica is confused. She has one more year of school and then she has to make a very important decision. Her parents want her to become a pharmacist, but she has a dream that goes into a different direction. Milica wants to become a journalist. "My parents want this, I want that. I don't want to disappoint them, but I also have my own dreams. I still don't know what I'm going to do", says the 17 year-old girl from Herceg-Novi in the Northwest of Montenegro.

Today, she can be both. First we film her in a pharmacy before Milica gets to check out the local TV studio and sit at the news desk. The rest of the day we spend on capturing the footage on the computers, recording additional sounds and then we start the editing process.

The filming deadline has passed now, a few things are still not filmed yet, but we are still on course for the final presentation tomorrow night after dinner. The task is still the same: Produce 20 films with 20 children for the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Budva, Montenegro - November 5, 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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