2007 workshops

1: Amman, Jordan (25-29 January)
2: Oslo, Norway (20-22 February)
3: Johannesburg, South-Africa (23-28 March)
4: Istanbul, Turkey (5-9 April)
5: Belgrade, Serbia (10-14 April)
6: Salamanca, Spain (11-15 June)
7: North Ossetia and Ingushetia, Russia (16-20 and 21-25 July)
8: Lubumbashi and Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo (30 July - 3 August and 6-10 August)
9: Krsko, Slovenia (3-8 august)
10: De Vrolijkheid en Stichting Nowhere, Amsterdam (6-10 August 2007)
11: New Delhi, India (25-29 August)
12: Berlin, Germany (3-6 september)
13: Barcelona, Spain (3-7 September)
14: Amman, Jordan (6-10 September)
15: Yevpatoria, Ukraine (17-21 September)
16: Trstena, Slovakia (26-30 September)
17: Manila, Philippines (27 September - 1 October)
18: Mumbai, India (27-31 October)
19: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (13-17 November)
20: Tel Aviv, Israel (14-18 November)
21: Zilina, Slovakia (31 Oct-4 November)

Jordanian, Palestinian and Iraqi young people met in Amman, Jordan for a oneminutesjr. workshop 6-10 September 2007. The UNICEF-sponsored workshop brought together kids from these diverse backgrounds to learn about filmmaking and explore child’s rights.

This workshop was one in a series where the theme was based around the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC is a document that outlines the rights that each child deserves, despite their background or circumstances. The kids were asked to choose one of the rights from the CRC and express it in a visually creative way, whether it be in telling a narrative story that reflects that right, an abstract interpretation of that right or simple a personal story.

For instance, to illustrate “Every child has a right to education.” Youssef Khawagi, 15, showed a boy having to work in his father’s auto garage instead of going to school, only to wake up from that dream in the end. 18-year old Farah Khasawneh filmed a child and her parents on opposite sides of a stone wall to show “Every child has a right not to be neglected.”

Set in the beautiful new workshop training space of Jordan’s Royal Film Commission, the trainers and facilitators worked with 17 young people, ages 12-19 from Amman, Baghdad and Zarqa. The final screening, which took place at the Royal Film Commission, drew an audience of over 60 people, including parents and friends, Al-Jazeera, el Arabia, and Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Al Ali. HRH Princess Rym distributed the oneminutes certificates to the participants.