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OneMinutesJr workshop in Kosovo - Day 4

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
Getting a different perspective: Roma boy Mewruz (left) is fliming his friend Seni on the basketball court.

On the fourth day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Mitrovica, Kosovo, we need to finish the filming and finally get to the editing tables.

However, there are still six participants who need to film. To make things easier, we split up in groups. While Jose, one of the trainers, stays in the workshop room and starts capturing the footage on the computers, I take three of the participants to the Zvecan fortress on the other side of the river Ibar. The views over the valley with the industrial city Mitrovica are magnificient.

We are here to finish Sultan's film and to show the loneliness he feels sometimes. Although he lives in the Roma camp Osterode where privacy is widely unknown due to the limited living space, he the 13-year-old feels bullied when everybody calls him "Germano", the German. Out here, he finds his peace while he looks down on the city.

Next is Suada, who wants to compare her former life in Germany with her life here. Her film starts with the following words: "Hello, my name is Suada and I am the little girl in this photo. But that was taken 15 years ago, when I was still in Germany where I was born." In photos we see Suada grow up and then, with the footage we are taking right now, we will picture her life as it is today. In the end, Suada says: "I don't think it's fair to forcibly return children and their families to a country where they have to fear for their future. Greetings from Kosovo, Suada."

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
Sultan finds that overcoming stereotypes is like climbing a mountain.

Adalina's film is the third one as we drive back down into the city. The locations we are looking for are a haridresser's shop and a place where you can buy wedding dresses. Adalina wants to become a hairdresser and she also has bigger plans for a future. However, she would rather find a husband in Western Europe because she thinks she will be treated much better over there. Adalina says this is something she realized when she lived in Germany.

Back in the workshop place, the cameras get connected to the computers and now we need to capture, edit, voice-over, subtitle, and so on. Tomorrow is the final day of the workshop and at 4 PM we want to show the final products to the children, some parents and a TV crew that will come to make a film about the workshop.

Mitrovica, Kosovo - April 29, 2010 - Chris Schuepp



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