2008 workshops

1: Romania (February)
2: Holon, Israel (February 17-21)
3: Helsinki, Finland (February 18-22 )
4: Cairo, Egypt (February 20-24)
5: Krško, Laško, Slovenia (February 25-29 )
6: Munich, Germany (March 24-28)
7: Košice, Slovakia ( April 2- 6)
8: Amorgos, Greece (April 7th)
9: Beekbergen, Netherlands (April 7-11)
10: Yerevan, Armenia (April 9-13)
11: Berlin, Germany (April 21-25)
12: Lasi, Romania (April 25)
13: Bratislava, Slovakia (30 April- 4 May)
14: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (May 12-16 )
15: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (May 21-25)
16: Baia Mare, Romania (June 16)
17: Astana, Kazakhstan (July 21-25)
18: Krško, Slovenia (July 24-30 )
19: Dublin, Ierland (14-18 July)
20: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (8-12 July)
21: Bujumbura, Burundi (August 27-31)
22: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (September 29 - October 3)
23: Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (October 26-30)
24: Abuja, Nigeria (13-17 November)
25: Warsaw, Poland (18-23 November)

In July 2008, UNICEF ran their first official oneminutesjr. workshop in the USA. It was hosted by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) and involved young people from the Museum’s YouthAlive! Program (which involves young people from the community volunteering at the museum during the summer).

The theme of the workshop was Self-Portrait and the kids were asked to think about what they wanted to express about themselves or the world around them. Video artists Vivian Lin and Jennifer Petersson worked with the participants to develop their ideas. Videos ranged from a debate over Thomas Jefferson’s face on the nickel to feeling isolated, from a portrait of the city to a fairy tale recollection of a young woman’s homes. Many of the participants’ films related questions of identity and the process of figuring out who they were.

A number of the young filmmakers were featured in local papers and two were interviewed about the project on a weekend radio show. The films were screened to the public in the Museum’s theater, decorated with hand-made movie posters. The participants opened the show with various one minute exercises, including a relay and a description of all the films in 60 seconds. The audience was moved by the films and the participants, who didn’t quite know what they were getting into at the beginning of the workshop, were impressed with their work.

The films are currently featured on a monitor in the Children’s Museum.