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UNICEF selects 12 young finalists in child rights-themed video contest

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Young people from all over the globe have created one-minute videos about what the Convention on the Rights of the Child means to them. Here, girls in Nigeria shoot a video.

NEW YORK, USA, 13 October 2009 – Twelve finalists were announced this week in the UNICEF-sponsored video contest celebrating the 20th anniversary of the the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), which spells out the basic human rights of children everywhere. 

In response to a call for submissions, young people from around the globe created one-minute videos about what child rights mean to them.

Finalist Dobrota Andreia of Romania found that the experience taught her a lot about herself.

“Children's rights is something I used to know nothing about. I know now that I didn't have the chance to make use of all my rights. I wonder how different I would be if I had,” she said.

Online video sharing

Participants submitted videos to the contest by posting them to an online video sharing site. The entries included one-minute stories that ranged in style from animation to news pieces, covering topics such as poverty, child labour, armed conflict, violence and the right to education. 

Finalist Raihan Ammed of Bangladesh was pleased to be in the top 12. 

“It is not possible to express my feelings. Many people will watch this video and learn something. I am very much happy that my video has been selected, which will inspire me for more video making,” he said.

International panel of judges

Among the finalists' videos are several group submissions, including ‘I am Life’, created by young people from the Montreal-based programme, the Freire Social Media Project. The video ‘Freedom of Choice’ was made collaboratively by two young directors in India.

The 12 videos are currently being judged by an international panel of judges that includes young people and adults. The public also has the opportunity to watch the videos and vote online. The winning video will be announced on 2 November.

Click here to watch the videos and vote for your favourite.



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