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OneMinutesJr workshop in Kosovo - Day 5

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
Roma participants of the OneMinutesJr workshop after the film presentation.

Day five of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Mitrovica, Kosovo, and it's about time to wrap things up and get the films ready for the final presentation in the afternoon.

The main problem for us right now are voice-overs and subtitles. The reason behind this is simple: We do not only have one audience, but many. And the children themselves also speak different languages and the voice-overs come in Albanian, Serbian and German.

Suada's film has a German voice-over, because she speaks in German about her "first life" before coming to Kosovo. For the presentation this afternoon, we need Albanian subtitles, otherwise the children's parents might not understand what the film is about.

And then we want to reach as many people as possible through the Internet, YouTube, blogs and so on, so we need an English or "international" version. And Suada's "Greetings from Kosovo" or "Grüße aus dem Kosovo" or "Përshëndetje nga Kosova" is only one example...

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
Suada, Sultan and Mewruz are happy with their films.

After the presentation, the children get their certificates of participation and their individual OneMinutesJr-T-shirts before they go back to their cities and villages and we return to the capital Pristina. The children now go back to their daily routine. For us, the work is not finished yet, because now we have to spread their messages and make them heard throughout Kosovo, Germany, Europe and the rest of the world.

In Germany alone, about 12,000 Roma are on the verge of being sent "home" to Kosovo. 12,000 people, many of them children like Suada, Sultan and the others who had the chance to share their stories with us this week.

Mitrovica, Kosovo - April 30, 2010 - Chris Schuepp



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