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May 2006

"The Domaseller & The Badamwalla" emerged as the winner of the UNICEF Special Prize at this year's Prix Jeunesse International in Munich, Germany.
The 17-minute TV documentary was produced by the Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS). The film describes the harsh reality of two children in Bhutan. The two friends have to sell doma and peanuts to support their families. They speak openly about their lives and their dreams and the fact that they miss an adequate education. The UNICEF Special Prize at the Prix Jeunesse highlights outstanding contributions by broadcasters to raise awareness of children's concerns. It is awarded to a programme that demonstrates most convincingly how children anywhere in the world can be helped to lead a healthy, fulfilled and happy life.
Other Prix Jeunesse 2006 categories were won by broadcasters from Germany, Sweden, Poland, Denmark, Israel and Egypt. The web prizes went to www.thisisdanielcook.com (Canada) and www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/bamzooki (UK).
The Prix Jeunesse International is the most prestigeous TV Award in children's broadcasting worldwide.

For a Russian teenager, photography brings the legacy of Chernobyl into focus
CHERNOBYL, Ukraine, 25 April 2006 - In the 20 years since Chernobyl exploded and gave the world yet another synonym for destruction, a generation of children has grown up with no memory of the event. Like everyone in his class at school in the village of Novy Bobovichi, Sergei Kravchenko, 14, knows only what he hears from his parents and other adults.

Young documentary filmmakers to train in Lithuania
European students and young filmmakers can apply for scholarships to an upcoming training program that will focus on writing scripts for documentaries. Application deadline: May 1.
The International Summer Media Studio course is scheduled for June 20 to July 6 in Juodkrante, Lithuania. There will be 15 Lithuanian participants and 35 others from elsewhere in Europe. The studio is for those seeking more education and experience as scriptwriters, directors, camera operators, sound designers or producers.
Several international filmmakers and experts will lead the course, which will be conducted in English. Participants will develop scripts, shoot documentaries with international crews, and evaluate the completed films.
The studio is offering five scholarships to the selected participants, not including travel costs. Online applications are available here. For more information, contact studija@lmta.lt or telephone +370-5-212-4560.

Young Yemeni editors launch youth newsletter
A new printed newsletter aims to capture the problems, thoughts and ambitions of Yemen's young people. Six young editors launched the "One World, One Voice" newsletter on March 29, the English-language Yemen Observer reported.
The team of three young men and three young women - aged 17 to 20 - started the newsletter after visiting Birmingham, England, as part of the Middle East Citizenship Project.

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