2009 workshops

1: Munich, Germany (February 2-6, 2009)
2: Malacca, Malaysia (February 4-8, 2009)
3: Dakar, Senegal (April 2-6, 2009)
4: Cape Town, South Africa (April 4-8, 2009)
5: Kyrgyzstan (April 27 - May 1, 2009)
6: Dhaka, Bangladesh (May 31 - June 4, 2009)
7: Berlin, Germany (May 2-5, 2009)
8: Astana, Kazakhstan (July 8-12, 2009)
9: Niamey, Niger (July 25-29, 2009)
10: Donetsk, Ukraine (August 17-21, 2009)
11: Christ Church, Barbados (August 25-29. 2009)
12: Straseni, Moldova (September 7-11, 2009)
13: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (September 24-28, 2009)
14: Hanoi, Vietnam (October 22-26, 2009)
15: Budva, Montenegro (November 2-6, 2009)
16: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (November 16-20, 2009)

The first official pan-Caribbean workshop took place in Christ Church, Barbados in August 2009. Youth traveled from Trinidad, Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Guyana to join kids from Barbados for the filmmaking workshop on the subject of child rights. The theme was chosen in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Many of the young people did not have experience with video but they did have strong ideas about the rights they and their peers should have. The issues that seemed to rise to the top of importance for this group of youth? Making the right choices, staying away from drugs and bad influences and being raised in single-parent households.

The workshop was led by video artists Merel van t’Hulenaar and Hong-An Truong. They helped the youth develop their ideas, film the stories and edit their one minute videos. Shooting took place on the beach, in local neighbourhoods and on a trip to the sugarcane and banana fields in the middle of the island.

The final videos were screened at the UN House with the youth, chaperones and UNICEF staff. The youth, having spent the week developing friendships, were not only disappointed for the workshop to be over but also sad to leave their new friends. But they returned to their countries armed with open source editing software to continue making films with their local organizations.