1: Amman, Jordan (11-15 January 2014)
2: Balti, Moldova (26-30 May 2014)
3: Bamyan, Afghanistan (7-11 September 2014)
4: Bangladesh workshop (November 2014)
5: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (February 2014)
6: Dilijan, Armenia (22-26 September 2014)
7: Herne, Germany workshop (October 2014)
8: Hong Kong, China Workshop 2014
9: Kahramanmaras, Turkey (23-27 April 2014)
10: Karakol, Kyrgyzstan (March 2014)
11: Lviv, Ukraine (October 2014)
12: Lviv, Ukraine (15 -19 July 2014)
13: Mansakonko, The Gambia (25-29 August 2014)
14: Mexico City, Mexico (November 2014)
15: Odessa (October 2014)
16: Passikudah, Sri Lanka (February 2014)
17: Pokhara, Nepal (17-21 March 2014)
18: Recklinghausen, Germany (14-17 April 2014)
19: Tashkent, Uzbekistan (28 July - 1 August 2014)
20: Zaatari Camp, Jordan (18-23 January 2014)
21: Amsterdam, The Netherlands - IDFA Masterclass (28-Nov - 01 Dec 2014)
For over 40 years, the country of Jordan has opened its borders to people seeking refuge from crisis in the surrounding regions. The population has almost doubled in the last 10 years. While Jordanians are welcoming, the increase in people can bring tension and misunderstanding.
The One Minutes Jr. workshop in Amman was designed to bring together youth from a variety of backgrounds to share their stories and work together. The seventeen youth came from Amman, Baqa’ah and Zarqa. Some youth already knew each other, being part of UCAN (UNICEF Change Agent Network), a network for adolescents advocating for their rights. Some youth were refugees from neighbouring countries, like Iraq and Syria.
It’s not the first time the The One Minutes Jr. has been in Amman and, like the other workshops, this one involved a great group of youth and interesting stories. The theme was “Our Voice,” and many of the UCAN youth were especially interested in gaining skills to use in their advocacy work. After learning camera angles and story-boarding, the youth started to brainstorm personal ideas. Because many of the stories were sensitive, the facilitators spent extra time talking to each participant, to draw out their story and make them feel comfortable.
Video artists Taatske Pieterson and Olivia Glebbeek worked with each participant to develop his/her story and to film and edit the final videos. Some filming took place around Amman and many stories were shot in Baqa’a camp. Baqa’a began as a refugee camp in 1968 for Palestinians who left the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the 1967 Arab Israeli War. What were once tents are now concrete shelters, and the camp feels more like a town. Stories ranged from losing parents to maintaining your identity in a new home. There were tales of technological influence, being faced with choices for your future and child marriage.
The final videos were screened to a full house at the UNICEF offices in Amman. Youth participants were proud of their films and the work they had done.
Read more about the workshop here.