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Teenagers produce short videos on the right to a family during OneMinutesJr workshop in Cetinje

Cetinje, MONTENEGRO, 15-19 June 2013 - 20 teenagers from the Boka Kotorska region participated in a OneMinutesJr video workshop in Cetinje this week. The youngsters produced personal 60-second movies on the topic of "a child's right to a family".

A young participant at the video workshop in Cetinje - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013

The 5-day workshop brought together a group of 12- to 17-year old children from various backgrounds - primary and secondary students living with both parents, one parent or in an institution. They all shared their views on what the word "family" means to them and how they imagine the perfect family.

According to article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), "every child has right to live in a loving and safe family environment". With this right in mind, the participants set off to an intensive week of brainstorming, story development, filming and editing. Video trainers from Iceland and Germany facilitated the process together with logistic and thematic support from UNICEF Montenegro and Forum MNE.

During the course of the week, the teenagers developed general ideas, formed them into storyboards and then filmed and edited a total of twenty 60-second videos. Some films included acting, others were filmed in a rather abstract ways using playing cards, coffee cups and an empty stage. Playgrounds in Cetinje and a school in Kotor also served as locations for the filming and the children put up Christmas decorations and a birthday party for two other very creative films.

Happy participants at the end of the workshop with their Certificates of Participation - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013

UNICEF Montenegro will launch a new campaign in September this year under the motto "Every child needs a family". The campaign will focus on the option of foster care to provide a family home for children until their biological family becomes able to take care of them again.

The OneMinutesJr videos produced this week in Cetinje will be used in the campaign to visualize the wishes and needs of children in Montenegro. 



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