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 oneminutesjr. workshop in Bangladesh was held in Dhaka in July with much success. 17 teenagers from diverse backgrounds gathered at the Ambrosia Guest House to express themselves through the one minute form. The young people were selected through the Children’s Film Society (CFS), the Children’s Television Foundation of Bangladesh (CTFB) and the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC). Some had attended video workshops before, while others were new to the form. But despite their previous experiences, all the kids were creative and eager to learn. Imran Firdaus, one of the translators who assisted with the workshop, says that Bangladeshi people spend a lot of time sitting and thinking, which is why they’re so creative.

The theme of the workshop was the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and each participant was asked to use one of the articles of the convention to inspire a one minute film. This year is the 20th anniversary of the convention and UNICEF is conducting a series of oneminutesjr. workshops on the CRC. Video artists Anja Masling and Vivian Wenli Lin facilitated the workshop and helped the kids realize their ideas in video.

Stories ranged from documentary-style portraits of street children’s lives to an upbeat tale of a boy who breaks out in song while riding a rickshaw. The final films were screened at the Goethe Institute to a packed house. After the screening, the heads of three major Bangladeshi TV broadcasters, Channel I, BTV and ATN Bangla stood up to announce they would each screen the one minute videos on their respective stations. The head of Channel I even award $100 to each filmmaker for their film.

The workshop was followed by a very successful oneminutesjr. training for trainers, also led by Vivian and Anja. Ten artists attended from the CFS, CTFB and Drik Photo Agency. UNICEF Bangladesh hopes to continue the oneminutesjr. workshops in the future, with local artists as facilitators.