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OneMinutesJr workshop in Tajikistan - Day 4

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
Maftuna and Sharof filming on a local market in Dushanbe.

Torrential rain came down all night here in Dushanbe and the prospects to finish all the films today are rather bleak when we get up in the morning. However, around noon the spring storm calms down and we can make our way to the city to do the filming for three more OneMinutesJr videos.

It is the fourth day of the workshop already and we need to get moving if we want to finish in time. Maftuna (14) has changed her mind several times and now her plan is to ask people on a market how much water comes from a regular tap in exactly one minute. The answers range from two liters to twenty liters. Maftuna has checked it beforehand, just in case someone asks. You want to know how much water comes from a tap after all? Watch her movie...!

Next in line, literally, is Mukaddas (15). She reports about the school toilets in her current school and in the school she used to go to. But let's not talk about the old school... In Mukaddas' current school, the toilets are much better, there is running water and the girls can lock the door. The principal is hesitant to let us do our filming, but in the end the gives us permission and Mukaddas can finish her reportage. Clean school toilets are a huge issue, especially with girls and even more so with girls of Mukaddas' age. If they do not feel comfortable with the standard of sanitation in their schools, girls tend to miss class more often than necessary.

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
A scene from Mukaddas' film "Better with water"

Sharof (16) found an old well for his film. He wants to show how people used to get their water - and some still do! In Tajikistan, only 60 percent of all households with children have access to an improved water source. Also, global statistics show that women are twice more likely to go and fetch water than men. So Maftuna does the acting in this film and sends the camera 10 meters down into the well with a metal bucket...

In the afternoon and the evening, it is time to do the editing. We are more or less ahead of schedule and the teenagers come to us and ask if they can do their second or third film. We send them off to do the filming, because the experience they get here is simply priceless. It is already obvious that many of them will continue film-making after the workshop and that they have understood how to use the medium "film" to advocate for their rights.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan - May 17, 2010 - Chris Schuepp





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