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OneMinutesJr workshop in Belarus - Day 3

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
Belorussian children want more colour in their lives.

by Chris Schuepp

MINSK, Belarus - October 13, 2010 - Day 3 of the OneMinutesJr video workshop in Belarus is the big filming day. We have about 15 films on the agenda for today and go straight at it in the early morning.

Katya (14) has prepared two oranges - one of them smiles, the other one is grumpy. Both of them have nearly invisible threads through the top part so they can move around like a puppet on strings. And that is exactly what they do on this sunny, but chilly morning in the Belorussian capital Minsk. The happy orange likes the flowers, the sun and the children's playgrounds. The grumpy orange looks at the rubbish, the traffic and the factories. And then it happens... Well, more later, when the film is edited!

Evgeniya (17) wants to put a baby's footsteps on the asphalt near the workshop venue - and up a light pole also and up a wall. Why? Because children have the right to express themselves and their creativity has no borders. More colours are used when to other workshop participants turn a dull chalk painting into a coulourful action scene. Good that there are washing machines at home!

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
Not a happy orange...
In the afternoon, one film after the other is filmed so that at the end of the day, we can start loading the material on the computers and start editing. Alena (15) is visited in the workshop venue by a Belorussian TV celebrity. The UNICEF office in Belarus arranged for a well-known TV anchorman to come over and give an interview to the girl whose biggest dream is to work for a TV station. At the end, she also received an autographed photo of him and of course there is the material for her film that now needs to be edited.

Lilja (16) wanted to produce a film about a hospice where children are dying while at the same time, suicide among teenagers is a big issue in Belarus. She will visualize the issue with a glass of water that is spilled, water as the symbol for life. More filming is going on even after it gets dark in Minsk and afterwards there is still the editing...





Daily Diary from the OneMinutesJr workshop in Belarus


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