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)
Twenty adolescents from around Burundi gathered in Bujumbura, the capital city, for the first oneminutesjr workshop to be held in the country. Organized by UNICEF New York and Burundi, the workshop was led by arts Effie Weiss-Borenstein and Amir Borenstein. The theme "Peace in World" was taken very seriously by these young adults who live in a country that is just recovery from years of turmoil and instability.
Although the participants had various background and different level of experience in filmmaking, most had in common the interest for children's right advocacy.
The young people learned how the use a camera, produce their stories and make an edit decision list. Stories varied from "the right to education for every child" to a documentary film on the struggles of Batwa minority group. But the most recurrent subject was the "mean" step-parent. Indeed many children felt that their world was not at peace because of the discrimination and outcasting they felt from a step parent. Whether it was their own story or one from their peers, they strongly felt that they should use the platform that was created for them to express their outrage towards these practices.
The memory of the 1995 genocide is still very much present in the collective mind in Burundi, but these young adults were determined through their film to show that the cycle can be broken and that they see no difference amongst themselves.
During screening event, UNICEF Deputy Representative Cherif Benadouda, spoke to the participants and told them how important their voices and how proud he was to see such fine work. The first workshop in Burundi was a success and is opening doors to many more in the future.