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One minute windows into young lives
TASHKENT, 22 August 2014 -“When we were invited to participate in this training I thought we would be taught the basics of how to make a film, but I didn’t know that I would make my own movie,” said young filmmaker Irina. “At first I had other ideas about my film but then I was asked what my dream is. I said I wanted to go France, so I decided to make a movie about my plans."
Irina is one of 15 girls and boys from residential institutions in Tashkent, who took part in the ‘OneMinuteJR’ film workshop organised in July by UNICEF and the Ministry of Public Education. The interactive event was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the 20th anniversary of UNICEF in Uzbekistan.
Spending their childhood and adolescent years in public institutions, Irina and her peers represent one of the most marginalised groups of young people living in today’s Uzbekistan. Raised away from families and out of a home environment, children living in institutions lack key rights deserved by all children, face developmental delays, and are vulnerable to maltreatment and abuse.
The purpose of the five day workshop was to emphasise that all children and young people, regardless of economic background, their position in society or wh ere they live, have rights to self-realisation and expression. “A minute is only a short period of time, but it’s enough to tell a story, to make a point, or to share an opinion or a view,” said UNICEF Uzbekistan Chief of Communication Savita Varde-Naqvi.
“Children living in institutions are hidden from society and often don’t have a voice, so July’s workshop gave them a chance to be heard.”
To make sure participants could gain the most from their experience, the workshop first provided an overview of practical film-making skills, and then let participants shoot and finish 14 of their own films. Some films expressed the stories and perspectives of individual children, while others explored dreams and passions, the importance of friendship and tolerance, and plans for the future.
The rights of the child, including the rights to grow up in a family environment, to play and to practice self-expression, were highlighted in the videos. By becoming filmmakers, children were able to develop their self-confidence and awareness of their abilities.
“If we have some kind of celebration or event at our house I will be able to record it,” Irina said, after completing her film. “I’ll be able to record the happy moment so we can remember it.”
Please visit the multimedia section of our website to watch a short documentary about the ‘OneMinuteJR’ workshop, along with the 14 short films produced during the workshop.
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