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Khamis accompanied by the mother receives a certificate for taking the video production training
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Khamis, accompanied by the mother, receives a certificate for taking the video production training during the festival when the films were premiered.

Juba, July 2, 2010 - Hakim Khamis, a 16 year-old teenager who participated in a five-day television production workshop, is determined to carry on his dream of one day filming and reporting on some of the world’s biggest events such as the FIFA World Cup.

“If the world cup was played in Southern Sudan or where I can easily go, I would love to film the matches and relay it live to Southern Sudan,” said Khamis.

The World Cup had for the first time been staged on African soil in South Africa from June 11 to July 11.

Khamis was one of 18 young people aged 13 to 18 who gathered together in the Southern Sudan regional capital of Juba in March for a  week of video training conducted by Theoneminutes Foundation, a Dutch TV production organization, through a partnership between UNICEF and South Sudan Television (SSTV).

Over five days, the teenagers learned how to tell a story in one minute via video. Topics were chosen by the young film-makers, who were also the actors, directors, and cameramen of the films. The end product was a one minute film from each young ‘producer’.

One of those films titled, ‘The Sudanese Kaka’, was produced by Khamis. In his film he made a ball using a sock stuffed with polythene, typical of those children kick around in most African villages and city slums.

Like Kaka, the Brazilian football play maker, in the film Khamis is seen kicking the ball several times without letting it fall to the ground while hopping on one leg to show his skills in the game he loves so much.

“In the workshop I learnt to film wide shots and close-ups to make the best combination of the situation. Now I want to cover a big event like the World Cup where players are running very fast,” said Khamis.

Like Khamis, other children in the workshop told stories in one-minute episodes, all of which are now being broadcast on the Southern Sudan Television every Saturday from 6:00 pm.

For the first time, children are watching content that is produced by childrenFor the first time, children are watching content that is produced by children. We hope to build on that [training],” said Duku Francis, Acting Director of SSTV.

Based on the theme of peace, the children’s films were personal statements about the pains and pleasures of growing up in Southern Sudan and the challenges children face, such as child neglect, violence, and abuse experienced in homes, schools, and the community.

The one-minute videos were premiered in a mini festival at the UNICEF office compound that brought together the child producers, their parents, friends and trainers. The films can be here:

The training of young film makers is one of several workshops the UNICEF Southern Sudan Area Programme has undertaken to allow create opportunities for children to share their views and experiences on important issues. In 2009, UNICEF Southern Sudan also supported the training of 30 children in the production and broadcasting of current affairs radio reports via Southern Sudan Radio Juba.



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