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 workshop in Việt Nam brought together a diverse group of youth from six different provinces from around its northern and central regions. The Hŕ Nội workshop, led by video artists Vivian Wen Li and Emile Zile from Amsterdam, was a collaboration between UNICEF Việt Nam and The Voice of Việt Nam, a national organization that sponsors a program to train youth reporters. With some experience in journalism, the 15 youth were eager and excited to bring video skills back to their youth reporter clubs in their hometowns.

Youth were asked to think about children’s rights from their own experiences, and to tell a story that spoke to issues that reflected their own lives. Youth worked in small teams to shoot their films, and the entire group travelled to the outlying town of Sơn Tây to shoot in rural areas that are similar to where many of the youth live.

While the final films ranged in style and tone, each youth director had a strong vision and important story to tell. The films included Vũ Đức Minh’s playful stop-animation tale about littering, Bůi Thị Hạnh Thảo’s moving portrait about family, and Nguyễn Quang Hưng’s story about the possible dangers that urban life poses to young people.

The youth films were screened to an excited audience of parents, teachers, and the staff of local sponsors from UNICEF and Voice of Việt Nam. Emceed by 13-year-old Trương Phương Nhung, the evening’s emotional presentation began with a song sung by the entire group, and concluded with a festive reception. While some of the youth had to begin the long journey home that evening, some of them were able to enjoy a final night together.

The youth were sad to leave their new friends, but excited to return home equipped with their filmmaking and storytelling skills. Teachers from the local reporter clubs, who had come along as chaperones, were eager to begin planning projects that could incorporate their new skills. A selection of the one-minute films was aired on a national television station a few days after the end of the workshop.